The socio-economic impact of the Pro League on the Belgian economy
Determining the footprint of Belgian football for the season 2016/17
Deloitte teamed up with the Pro League, organizer of the Jupiler Pro League and Proximus League, shining a new light on Belgian professional football and its clubs.
Football is more than just a sport. It is a phenomenon that touches the hearts of people, young and old, all around the globe. Indubitably, a sport with such a massive following brings along a certain economic reality. With this report, we uncover for the first time the socio-economic impact of the Belgian clubs in the Pro League. The industry brings a lot to the table, not only in terms of gross value added and employment in the economy, but also in terms of social cohesion for all involved participants.
Football continuously invests its profits in social projects, supporting local communities in their goal of social and economic progress. The presence of the professional football clubs is an immense benefit to the local communities, guiding youth in developing a sense of perseverance and grit while also supporting other fragile groups in Belgian society. In the last years, the successful generation of homegrown players in the current national team have again put Belgium on the map as a football country. The Belgian professional football teams have played an important role in their development, and hereby successfully contributed to the success of the current national team.
Belgian professional football has contributed €669 million to economy and generated 3,239 jobs during the 2016/17 season
Pro League and Belgian clubs also have considerable social impact on communities