Where is the Saudi Pro League Starting From?

The Saudi Pro League is making headlines with their acquisition of elite talent, but where is the league today before the impact of these signings? According to TFG analysis:

  • The 53rd-strongest league in the world, about the same level as League One in England. The best teams would be competitive at the top of the Championship.

  • The 3rd-strongest league in Asia; the league has a much weaker mid-table and bottom half than the top-ranked J1 League.
  • The 22nd-best pool of international players, but the 75th-best pool of domestic players, reflecting limitations in domestic talent development today.
  • Total attendances last season amounted to 7% of the population, comparable to Poland (8%), better than Australia (5%), but not as good as Greece (16%).
  • The average title winning margin in the last 10 years has been 45% closer than the margin in Europe’s big 5 leagues, suggesting a higher degree of jeopardy.

By Omar Chaudhuri
Chief Intelligence Officer

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