Annual Review of Football Finance

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Annual Review of Football Finance 2019

World in motion

The 28th edition of our report reflects the continued revenue growth of English Football’s Premier League and Football League and their contribution to overall revenues in the European football market reaching record levels in the 2017/18 football season.

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This edition chronicles the ever fluid football finance landscape, the Championship clubs’ gambling to reach the top and the strenuous and creative efforts of other European football leagues to narrow the gap to the Premier League. It also includes our own insights into improving strategy and governance in the business of sport.

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Revenue

'Big five' European league clubs' revenues - 2017/18 (€m)

England
Germany
Spain
Italy
France
Average revenue per club (€m)
272
176
154
111
85
Average match attendance
38,495
43,879
26,771
23,848
22,575
Stadium utilisation
96%
90%
70%
59%
72%

Note: Commercial revenue is not disaggregated into 'sponsorship' and 'other commerical' for clubs in England, Spain and Italy.

Source: Leagues; Deloitte analysis

'Big five' European league clubs' revenues and wage costs - 2016/17 and 2017/18 (€m)

England
Germany
Spain
Italy
France
16/17
17/18
16/17
17/18
16/17
17/18
16/17
17/18
16/17
17/18
Wages/revenue ratio
55%
59%
53%
53%
59%
66%
68%
66%
66%
75%
Average club wages (€m)
145
161
82
93
85
102
70
74
54
63

Selected other European league clubs' revenues - 2017/18 (€m)

Russia
Turkey
Netherlands
Portugal
Scotland
Denmark
Austria
Norway
Sweden
Poland
Average revenue per club (€m)
51
41
27
24
19
13
18
9
9
8
Wages/revenue ratio
72%
76%
58%
68%
61%
64%
68%
54%
69%
76%
Number of clubs
16
18
18
18
12
14
10
16
16
16

Note: This chart includes a sample of countries ranking below fifth in terms of average club revenues for the most recent available financial results. Figures in respect of clubs in Sweden relate to the year to December 2017. Figures in respect of clubs in Turkey, Portugal and Russia are for FY2017. Figures in respect of clubs in Denmark and Poland relate to the year to December 2018.

Revenue

Premier League clubs' revenues - 2015/16 - 2019/20 (£m)

Values for 2018/19 and 2019/20 are projected

15/16
16/17
17/18
18/19
19/20
Average revenue per club (£m)
182
228
241
252
261

Source: Deloitte analysis

Premier League and Championship clubs' average revenues - 2017/18 (£m)

Note: UCL clubs comprised Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur. UEL clubs comprised Arsenal and Everton.

Source: Premier League; UEFA; Deloitte analysis.

Premier League clubs' revenues and wage costs - 2016/17 and 2017/18 (£m)

2016/17
2017/18
Wages/revenue ratio
55%
59%
Average club wages (£m)
124
142

Source: Deloitte analysis.

Revenue

Football League clubs' revenues - 2016/17 and 2017/18 (£m)

Average revenue per club (£m)

16/17
17/18
Championship
30
31
League 1
6
6
League 2
4
4

Source: Deloitte analysis.

Football League clubs' revenues and wage costs - 2016/17 and 2017/18 (£m)

Championship
League 1
League 2
Wages/revenue ratio
99%
106%
84%
94%
71%
78%
Average club wages (£m)
30
33
5
6
3
3

Source: Deloitte analysis.

Premier League and Football League clubs' player transfer payments - 2017/18 (£m)

Note: The arrows represent the flow of payments, with players moving in the opposite way. The estimated amount of fees in respect of the transfer of player registrations refer to amounts committed in 2017/18, rather than actual cashflows. The sources for the amounts in the chart relate to periods that are not necessarily coterminous.

Source: Premier League; Football League; Deloitte analysis.

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