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In spite of the fact that "fans will love and support their team at home or abroad no matter the price" it is valuable to understand what the real monetary-value is that fans are getting for their buck in a league vs league comparison. With this in mind, GoEuro teamed up with the experts at Onefootball (soccer app) to compile and calculate the costs of attending a top division game in 25 countries, and included factors like bus, train, and air transport to an away game as well as accommodation, food, and beverages during the matches. In a separate calculation the leagues are ranked based on quality of the soccer played by their teams on the basis of several world rankings including UEFA, FIFA, and third party databases. Finally, each league's ranking is weighted against the average cost of a first league ticket. All costs were converted to USD on the 9th September 2015 using the Bloomberg exchange. Average ticket price was calculated using an average of first division game tickets for multiple stadiums and seat types across a standard soccer season. While indicator "Average cost of travelling for an away game" did not factor on the value ranking, it was calculated for informational purposes, specifically for travelling soccer fans. The away game cost is intended to represent the actual cost of attending an away game in each league's country. Factors included transport costs (using data from the GoEuro Transport Price Index), one night's accommodation costs (using data from the GoEuro Accommodation Price Index), and food and beer costs (using data from The Economist's Big Mac Index and the GoEuro Beer Price Index). "Value score" field is used to determine where you get the best value soccer for the money you're spending to see a game. The score is the result of a calculation combining average game costs and the league ranking. Teams with a better league ranking or a lower cost of a ticket will have more value. Formula = 10000/(TicketPrice*(3+LeagueRanking)^2).