Report: Deloitte Annual Review of Football Finance 2017
Ahead of the curve
The 26th edition of our publication returns to two familiar themes – the continuation of relentless revenue growth across Europe’s major leagues, in particular the Premier League, and the commitment of this money to spending on players via transfer fees and wages, again led by English clubs. However, the 2015/16 season will be forever remembered for Leicester City’s remarkable Premier League title triumph, despite being ranked 15th by wage costs, demonstrating that there are other factors beyond wage spend which contribute to clubs’ on-pitch performance.
About the report
The full Report is once again available to download for free from the link opposite. We hope that you find it both interesting and useful. If you would like to discuss this year's analysis and predictions and their implications for your business in more detail, please feel free to get in touch.
The Report includes analysis of the business drivers and financial trends and prospects for clubs in some of the top leagues in European football and in the top four divisions of English football, with a particular focus on Premier League and Championship clubs. It also features commentary on emerging trends impacting the football industry including eSports, new digital viewing platforms, the adoption of financial fair play regulations and an update on China’s impact on the football industry.
We also have a preview of our Football Intelligence Tool, a digital service for use with clients to benchmark European football clubs across a range of business and market metrics, which is in use by a number of Premier League clubs and continues to generate great interest both in the UK and further afield.
For the first time in history of the report Polish Ekstraklasa have been included. Dan Jones, partner and head of Deloitte’s Sports Business Group, comments “Polish clubs’ revenue growth in 2016 sees them feature in The Annual Review of Football Finance for the first time. Legia Warsaw’s participation in the 2016/17 UEFA Champions League group stages helped Ekstraklasa clubs increase their combined revenues by 12%, to €132m in the year to December 2016.”