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Turkish Super Lig attendance increases 44%

Turkish Super Lig fans attendance increases 44%

Statistics show the number of fans attending Super Lig games during this past season have increased.

Turkish Super Lig fans continue to flock to stadiums to support their teams as the latest figures show an increase of 44 percent in attendance numbers.

During the 2016/2017 season, there were a total of 2.7 million fans that attended live matches. The latest statistics show that during the 2017/2018 season which recently finished, there were 3.9 million that attended games. That is a 44 percent increase compared to last season.

There was also an increase in Passolig membership holders, the card required to purchase game tickets and attend games. For the 2017/2018 season, there were 12,821 holders compared to 8,940 for the 2016/2017 season.

Finances have also improved for clubs in Turkey’s top division.

With the increase in spectators, there was also an increase in the income the clubs generated from ticket sales.

For 2016-2017, clubs generated a total of 157 million Turkish Lira (TL) in revenue. The latest season, 2017-2018, saw clubs rake in 278 million TL from just ticket sales alone, an increase of 77 percent.


  1. Andreas

    June 25, 2018 at 2:41 pm

    is it possible to find attendance per match or average attendance per team for Super Lig some where?

    • TFN Staff

      June 25, 2018 at 5:22 pm

      Hi Andreas,

      Yes, we’ve got that information available as well. Here’s a picture of the statistics;


      Thank you for your question and interest.

      • Andreas

        June 26, 2018 at 11:21 am

        Very good, thank you!

      • Andreas

        June 26, 2018 at 11:28 am

        You don’t by any chance have the figures for the second division as well? It would be much appreciated.

        • TFN Staff

          June 26, 2018 at 10:03 pm

          We have a bit of data for 8 of the teams and for the first half of the 2016/17 and 2017/18 season for comparison. We’d have to get in touch with the TFF for all of the teams. The last bit in the picture is the number you’re looking for but only for half the season. That figure includes all 18 teams.

          Link: https://www.turkishfootballnews.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/1ligteams.png

          We also have the Passolig card numbers (up until now) for the first and second division as well, for the 2018/19 season. The Passolig cards are the only way to purchase tickets and attend games, in case you weren’t aware so it is a useful statistic.

          Link: https://www.turkishfootballnews.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/passoligcardnumbers.png

          • Andreas

            June 27, 2018 at 12:08 pm

            Thank you very much! I’m most grateful.

  2. Neil

    September 10, 2018 at 8:08 pm

    Good evening, could you kindly assist me with the following:
    1. I have bought tickets from an online re-seller for the match Galatasaray vs Bursaspor. They are e-tickets which I received by e mail. Can I buy only the Passolig card once in Istanbul without buying match tickets?
    2. If yes, can this card be bought from somewhere in the city or can I only to buy it from outside the stadium?
    3. Do I also need to have a Passolig card for the CL match between Galatasaray and Schalke?
    Many thanks!

    • TFN

      September 10, 2018 at 10:02 pm

      Hi Neil,

      Thanks for reaching out. Everyone (including tourists) needs a Passolig card (or the mobile app) to attend Super Lig games. Just to make it clear, they are cards that function like credit and debit cards, depending on the type you apply for. That being said;

      1. Passolig cards are only sold within Turkey and picked up at the stadiums (for foreigners, that is). In your case, yes, you don’t have to re-purchase the ticket. You will need to apply for a Passolig card (credit or debit type) and pick it up at the stadium. To apply for one, you need to do it online, on their website, using your personal information, passport number as well as a mobile number (doesn’t have to be a Turkish number, it can be from anywhere). Make sure you use a real mobile number because you will receive a security code via SMS which you will need to complete the application process online. However, if you download the Passolig mobile app (iOs/Android), you can attend games without it, by using the app, since it stores all the information (ticket, security number, seat number, etc). Similar to airline apps. The most convenient way would be to apply for the card, download the app and go to the game with the app. That way, if you can’t pick up your Passolig card for whatever reason, you can still attend the game. Although, the card would be a good memory/souvenir from Turkey. So, apply and register online now so you can manage all your tickets on the Passolig website/app. You can also transfer the ticket via the app/site to someone else if you cannot go.

      2. As mentioned before, the cards are only available for pick up from the stadiums (for foreigners, that is). For those living in Turkey, they can be delivered to an address.

      3. Passolig cards were not necessary for European competitions (CL, EL) until recently. Tickets for those were purchased separately without the need of a Passolig card but this season, for Galatasaray’s games, you will need a Passolig card. Tickets for those games can be purchased on Passolig’s website as well.

      • Spammy

        September 20, 2018 at 11:24 pm

        >Tickets for those were purchased separately without the need of a Passolig card but this season, for Galatasaray’s games, you will need a Passolig card.

        You mention Galatasary specifically. We have already purchased Fenerbahce vs Spartak for the 4th October, and did this without a passolig.

        1) do we still need a passolig each for this Europa match?

        2) do we need a “fenerbahce” passolig, or can we just get the cheapest card (is this the non logo one)?

        • TFN

          September 21, 2018 at 2:45 am

          Hi there,

          1) You will need a Passolig card for Fener’s Europa League games in Istanbul. For the away games, you won’t.
          2) The logo of the card is irrelevant. If you apply in person at the stadium, you can opt for one without a club logo. On the online application, I don’t recall a no logo option but even if there isn’t one and you have to choose a club, the logo of the team won’t make a difference.

          • Spammy

            September 21, 2018 at 10:40 am

            Thank you for the quick reply. My understanding is that the fener is the expensive card (50tl) – but its not clear which cards are cheaper.

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