Soccer Revenues Continue to Soar

Football FinancePremier League clubs’ revenue reached a record £2,360m in 2011/12, according to the 22nd Annual Review of Football Finance from the Sports Business Group at Deloitte. In total, the revenue of the top 92 clubs in English football exceeded £3 billion for the first time.

“Despite operating in a challenging economic environment, English club football’s profile, exposure and increasingly global interest have continued to drive revenue growth for the top clubs,” said Dan Jones of Deloitte. “The combined revenue of the Premier League clubs increased by 4% to almost £2.4 billion, with another year of impressive commercial revenue growth, largely focussed among the highest ranked Premier League clubs, and relatively stable matchday and broadcast revenues.”

Deloitte is forecasting that the coming season will see another surge of around £600m with the first season of the Premier League’s new broadcast deals, taking the projected revenue of Premier League clubs above £3 billion for the first time.

Even in the second tier, revenue in the Football League Championship increased by £53m (13%) to £476m in 2011/12. This was driven in part by the number of clubs being in receipt of parachute payments from the Premier League and the change in the mix of clubs.

Other key findings of the Deloitte Annual Review of Football Finance 2013 include:

  • The total European football market grew to a record £15.7 billion (€19.4 billion) in 2011/12;
  • Premier League clubs generated the highest revenue (£2.4 billion) of any league in Europe in 2011/12, followed by Germany (£1.5 billion), Spain (£1.4 billion), Italy (£1.3 billion), and France (£0.9 billion);
  • The Bundesliga remained Europe’s most profitable league with operating profits of £154m, followed by the Premier League, with operating profits of £98m;
  • The top 92 English clubs invested £188m in stadia and facilities in 2011/12, exceeding £150m annual spend for the fifteenth successive year. In the 20 seasons to 2011/12, English professional football clubs have made in excess of £3.3 billion in capital investments, with 29 club stadia built over this period;
  • Average league capacity utilisation at Premier League clubs of 95% in 2012/13 was the highest level recorded in Premier League history and the 16th consecutive season above 90%;
  • Net debt in respect of Premier League clubs was £2.4 billion, consistent with 2011;
  • The Government’s tax take from the top 92 professional football clubs was around £1.3 billion in 2011/12.

This is the business of sport at the very highest level in terms of value and numbers.  It shows how challenging it is for Airtricity League clubs to compete for players and in European competition.

It does also reveal though the enduring appeal of sport among consumers and among the business leaders that hold the purse strings on where to spend money in order to reach them.

Irish sport may be playing on a smaller stage but it has the ability to deliver for business within this market in so many ways, from marketing to motivation, emotional engagement to financial return.

Annual Review of Football Finance 2013

The Deloitte Sports Business Group presents the Annual Review of Football Finance 2013

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