There’s common debate over which leagues are the best to follow or have the best players in them—or even which are the most competitive and diverse in terms of which players can challenge for honours.
However, it’s often based on personal preference, so what about a mathematically ordered breakdown, an amalgamation of factors to find out exactly which league is the most exciting overall?
In this article, we look at a total of 26 top-flight leagues around the world of football in present day.
Criteria and Ranking
While several second-tier competitions can be classed as good quality or impressive, they lack the absolute edge of excitement that is found only at the pinnacle of each nation’s league system. For that reason, only top flights were included.
One or two areas of the criteria used are subjective, including the newsworthiness of each league and their reputation for producing exciting young players, but much of it is drawn from factual data.
The highest transfer fees, average goals in each game in the league, highest value XI by market value and attendances are all taken into account.
Each league will be scored from 1 to 10 in each area, with the highest or best in each area got a 10; for example, the Swiss Super League averages 3.5 goals per game, higher than any other league, so it got a 10. Every other league got nine or lower according to how many fewer goals they had compared to the one got 10.
The scores for each area are then sum up and divided in average, giving a final average score across the board for each league with which they can be ranked accordingly.
26th: Egyptian Premier League, 2.0
25th: Indian Super League, 2.3
24th: Super League Greece, 2.3
23rd: Qatar Stars League, 2.4
22nd: Arabian Gulf League, 2.6
21st: Australian A-League, 2.6
20th: Polish Ekstraklasa, 2.8
19th: Scottish Premier League, 3.1
18th: Argentinian Primera Division, 3.1
17th: Japanese J1 League, 3.5
16th: Turkish SuperLig, 3.6
15th: Ukrainian Premier League, 3.8
14th: Russian Premier League, 3.9
13th: Swiss Super League, 4.1
12th: Belgian Jupiler Pro, 4.3
11th: Mexican Liga MX, 4.6