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.