Annual Review of Football Finance

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Annual Review of Football Finance 2018

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The financial results of the 2016/17 football season are the most impressive ever recorded in our Annual Review of Football Finance, with the 27th edition reflecting a new era of improved profitability and financial stability for football clubs.

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The report delves into key developments across European football, including the growth of the English Premier League and its financial record breaking season, as well as our own insights on improving strategy and governance in the business of sport.

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Revenue

'Big five' European league clubs' revenues - 2016/17 (€m)

England
Spain
Germany
Italy
France
Average revenue per club (€m)
265
143
155
104
82
Average match attendance
35,838
27,630
40,693
21,262
21,078
Stadium utilisation
96%
71%
91%
52%
67%

Note: Commercial revenue is not disaggregated into 'sponsorship' and 'other commerical' for clubs in England, Spain and Italy. Percentages may not sum due to rounding

Source: Leagues; Deloitte analysis

'Big five' European league clubs' revenues and wage costs - 2015/16 and 2016/17 (€m)

England
Spain
Germany
Italy
France
15/16
16/17
15/16
16/17
15/16
16/17
15/16
16/17
15/16
16/17
Wages/revenue ratio
63%
55%
61%
59%
49%
53%
70%
67%
69%
66%
Average club wages (€m)
152
145
74
84
75
82
67
69
51
54

Selected other European league clubs' revenues - 2016/17 (€m)

Turkey
Russia
Netherlands
Portugal
Scotland
Denmark
Austria
Sweden
Poland
Average revenue per club (€m)
41
44
25
20
18
13
18
10
8
Wages/revenue ratio
71%
72%
59%
71%
58%
60%
70%
53%
62%
Number of clubs
18
16
18
18
12
14
10
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 2016. Figures in respect of clubs in Turkey, Portugal and Russia are for FY2016. Figures in respect of clubs in Denmark and Poland relate to the year to December 2017. Percentages may not sum due to rounding.

Revenue

Premier League clubs' revenues - 2014/15 - 2018/19 (£m)

Values for 2017/18 and 2018/19 are projected

14/15
15/16
16/17
17/18
18/19
Average revenue per club (£m)
168
182
228
239
250

Note: Percentages may not sum due to rounding.

Source: Deloitte analysis

Premier League and Championship clubs' average revenues - 2016/17 (£m)

Note: UCL clubs comprised Arsenal, Leicester City, Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur. UEL clubs comprised Manchester United, Southampton and West Ham United.

Source: Premier League; UEFA; Deloitte analysis.

Premier League clubs' revenues and wage costs - 2015/16 and 2016/17 (£m)

2015/16
2016/17
Wages/revenue ratio
63%
55%
Average club wages (£m)
114
124

Source: Deloitte analysis.

Revenue

Football League clubs' revenues - 2015/16 and 2016/17 (£m)

15/16
16/17
Championship
23.1
30.0
League 1
5.7
6.1
League 2
3.6
3.8

Source: Deloitte analysis.

Football League clubs' revenues and wage costs - 2015/16 and 2016/17 (£m)

Championship
League 1
League 2
Wages/revenue ratio
100%
99%
83%
84%
70%
71%
Average club wages (£m)
23.1
29.7
4.7
5.1
2.5
2.7

Source: Deloitte analysis.

Premier League and Football League clubs' player transfer payments - 2015/16 (£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 2016/17, 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.

Previous editions

Annual Review of Football Finance 2017 - Ahead of the curve

Annual Review of Football Finance 2016 - Reboot

Annual Review of Football Finance 2015 - Revolution

Annual Review of Football Finance 2014 - A premium blend

Annual Review of Football Finance 2013 - Turn on, tune in, turnover

Annual Review of Football Finance 2012 - New rules, narrow margins

Annual Review of Football Finance 2011 - Pressure for change

Annual Review of Football Finance 2010 - National interest

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