One of the defining characteristics of Minor Sports Leagues is that they play to smaller crowds of fans. Minor-Leagues.com has compiled a series of posts that provides details of attendance figures.
The North American Soccer League (NASL) is a professional men’s soccer league with teams in the United States, Canada, and Puerto Rico. It is sanctioned by the United States Soccer Federation as a Division II league in the American league system, under Major League Soccer (MLS) and equal with United Soccer League.
Below is the fan attendance for the entire league from 2011 to 2013.
|League||Sport||Season||# of Teams||Team Change||Games||Games Change||Total Attendance||TA Change||Average Attendance||AA Change||Source|
|North American Soccer League (AAA)||Association Football||2011||8 (6 USA 2 CAN)||-25.00%||112||-37.78%||422,212||-47.28%||3,770||-15.26%||kenn.com|
|North American Soccer League (AAA)||Association Football||2012||8 (7 USA 1 CAN)||0.00%||112||0.00%||426,252||0.96%||3,806||0.95%||kenn.com|
|North American Soccer League (AAA)||Association Football||2013||8 (7 USA 1 CAN)||0.00%||98||-12.50%||457,674||7.37%||4,670||22.70%||kenn.com|
The North American Soccer League operates as a group of independent club owners as opposed to the single-entity structure of Major League Soccer. Most players and team personnel will play in the NASL hoping to attract notice of the higher league MLS.