PARIS: French Ligue 1 matches have had record attendances in the first half of the 2023-24 season, with an average of more than 26,700.

An average crowd of 26,742 spectators watched Ligue 1 games from the stands, an increase of 12% compared to the 23,773 fans at mid-season last year, Ligue 1 said.

After 17 match days, 4,091,572 supporters had attended Ligue 1 matches, 20,000 more than in 2022-2023 when 17 fewer games were played at the halfway point of the season.

Brest, Nice, AS Monaco and Stade de Reims were among clubs whose attendances increased the most.

Eight of the 18 Ligue 1 clubs recorded an occupancy rate greater than 90%, including Olympique de Marseille and Paris Saint-Germain.