Whilst we are celebrating an improvement in women’s representation on the pitch, with all 20 Money League clubs having a women’s team for the first time, sadly there remains a great deal of work to be done off it. On average, women comprised just 11% of a club’s board of directors at the 19 Money League clubs which disclosed their board’s gender split, while 42% (8) had no women on their board at all.
Again, despite anti-racism gestures becoming a regular occurrence on the pitch, we are still a long way off achieving greater equality behind the scenes. Of the 17 Money League clubs which disclosed their board members’ ethnicities 11 (65%) had no ethnically diverse representation and, on average, just 15% of board members were identified as being ethnically diverse.
With record collective revenues forecast for Money League clubs in the 2021/22 season, we hope to also see new heights being reached with respect to diversity and inclusion. All of this and more will be documented in the 2023 Deloitte Football Money League.