INFLUENCE OF SIZE OF SPECTATORS ON THE PERFORMANCE OF NIGERIA PROFESSIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE (NPFL) CLUBS
Edo Sabo Emmanuel
The study examined the influence of size of spectators on the performance of clubs of Nigeria professional football league. The hypothesis was formulated in line with the research objective. Descriptive survey research design was used and the population for the study comprised of 90,237 spectators at professional football league matches in Nigeria. A sample size of 675 respondents was selected using multistage sampling technique. A self-developed questionnaire on the influence of size of spectators on the performance of Nigeria professional football league clubs was used. The instrument was pilot tested using Pearson’s Product Moment correlation (PPMC) statistical analysis that yielded 0.824 which showed that the instrument was reliable. One sample t-test was used to test the research hypothesis at 0.05 level of significance. Findings of the study revealed that Size of spectators significantly and positively had influence on performance of Nigeria Professional Football League clubs. The study recommended among others that Football players should always be given orientation on the need to adopt all necessary coping strategies during competitions at the Nigeria Professional Football League and finally Club managers are recommended to engage the services of trained stewards to organize and maintain orderliness of size of spectators during football matches.