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 United Soccer Leagues First Division (USL-1) was a professional men’s soccer league in the United States, Canada, and Puerto Rico from 2005 to 2010. During its existence, it formed the second tier of soccer in the United States and Canada league pyramid behind Major League Soccer.
In 2010, there was a split and brief partnering. The USL-1 and a collection of teams calling themselves the new North American Soccer League agreed to play together for one year under a new league called the USSF Division 2 Professional League. In 2011, the North American Soccer League separated and the teams that remained in the USL-1 merged with the USL Second Division USL Pro.
|League||Sport||Season||# of Teams||Team Change||Games||Games Change||Total Attendance||TA Change||Average Attendance||AA Change||Source|
|USL First Division (AAA)||Association Football||2006||12 (9 USA 3 CAN)||untracked||168||untracked||783,862||untracked||4,666||untracked||kenn.com|
|USL First Division (AAA)||Association Football||2007||12 (10 USA 2 CAN)||0.00%||168||0.00%||802,100||2.33%||4,774||2.31%||kenn.com|
|USL First Division (AAA)||Association Football||2008||11 (9 USA 2 CAN)||-8.33%||165||-1.79%||852,001||6.22%||5,164||8.17%||kenn.com|
|USL First Division (AAA)||Association Football||2009||11 (9 USA 2 CAN)||0.00%||165||0.00%||777,022||-8.80%||4,709||-8.81%||kenn.com|
|USSF D2 Pro League (AAA)||Association Football||2010||12 (10 USA 2 CAN)||9.09%||180||9.09%||800,809||3.06%||4,449||-5.52%||kenn.com|
USL First Division was the United States and Canada’s second division for professional men’s outdoor soccer. As indicated by its name, the players and other personnel in the USL-1 strove to play and work in the top tier of pro soccer, the MLS.