The Union of European Football Associations is the governing body of the UEFA Champions League. The UEFA Champions League is one of the prestigious competitions in the world that features the top teams in the National Leagues.
A total of €2.04 billion prize money is expected to be distributed to the clubs who will be taking part in the 2018/19 UEFA Champions League and in the 2018 UEFA Super Cup.
2018/19 UEFA Revenue
In 2018/19 season, UEFA is expected to generate gross commercial revenue of €3.25 billion which includes the revenues of 2018/19 UEFA Champions League, 2018/19 Europa League, and the 2018 UEFA Super Cup.
The estimated gross amount will be distributed as follow:
- €295 million is allocated to take care the organizational costs related to the competitions.
- Apart from the organizational cost, 7% (i.e.) €227.5 million is allocated for solidarity payments.
- 6.5% will be held in reserve from the net revenue of €2.73 billion. The net revenue is calculated after deducting organizational cost and solidarity payment from the Gross revenue.
- The remaining 93.5% of the net revenue will be distributed to the participating clubs.
How Much Revenue Is Allocated for Each League?
In accordance with the above mentioned gross amount distribution, the prize money allocated for the participating clubs in 2018/19 is €2.55 billion. This total amount is further split into two:
- The clubs participating in the UEFA Champions League will be handed over prize money of €2.032 billion
- The participants of UEFA Super Cup will receive €8 million which also includes €1 million of the winning team
- Whereas, €510 million will be distributed to the clubs competing in the UEFA Europa League.
Additionally, €50 million from UEFA Champions League clubs’ share will be contributed to the UEFA Europa League clubs’ share and for the clubs eliminated in the qualifying phase of the Europa League and Champions League, €10 million will be awarded as a solidarity payment.
How Much Are the League’s Playoff Clubs Paid?
The clubs that enter the UEFA Champions League play-offs will be getting a total of €30 million and the clubs that are eliminated in the playoff process will each get a fixed payment of €5 million.
The clubs that win the playoffs will not get any specific amount for this round, as they will be paid for advancing and participating in the UEFA Champions League group stage.
Prize Money From Champions League Group Stage Onwards
A total of €1.95 billion is allocated for the UCL prize money. The net revenue of the Champions League participating clubs is in general divided into four categories:
- 25% – starting fees (€488m).
- 30% – performance-related fixed amounts (€585m).
- 30% – on the basis of ten-year performance-based coefficient rankings (€585m).
- 15% – variable amounts (market pool) (€292m).
Starting fees are the prize money given to each of the 32 clubs that qualify for the Champions League group stage. For the 2018/19 season, €488 million has been allocated as a whole, which yields €15.25 million per club.
Each match in the Group stage will receive bonuses based on their performance at the end of the match (i.e.) €2.7 million per win and €900,000 per draw. The drawn amount will be pooled and shared among the clubs playing in the group stage proportionate to their number of wins.
The qualifying clubs for the knockout stage will be receiving the following amounts
- Round of 16 qualifier – €9.5 million per club
- Quarter-finals – €10.5 million per club
- Semi-finals – €12 million per club
- Final – €15 million per club
- An additional €4 million will be awarded to the UEFA Champions League winner.
- A total of €7 million is allocated for the two qualifying clubs for the 2018 UEFA Super Cup. Each team gets €3.5 million, with the winner receiving an additional €1 million.
Based on the performances of the clubs over a period of ten years, a new ranking has been initiated. Contributing to the coefficient points gathered during this period, this new ranking takes into account the bonus points that are awarded to the winners of the UEFA Champions League, the UEFA Europa League, and the Cup Winners’ Cup.
With respect to the new ranking, a total amount of €585.05 million has been divided in the name of ‘coefficient shares’. The lowest-ranked team of the season will receive an amount of €1.108 million. Followed by this, one share will be added to every rank and so the highest-ranked team will get the 32 clubs shares (i.e.) €35.46 million.
In accordance with the 2018/19 Champions League prize money, €292m has been allotted and will be shared with respect to the proportional value of each TV market represented by clubs that take part from group stage onwards in the UEFA Champions League. The various market shares of the clubs will be distributed to the participating clubs from each association.
There are five factors based on which the amounts are distributed from the market pool to the clubs. They are listed below:
- The exact amount in the market pool.
- The composition of the field of clubs participating in the 2018/19 UEFA Champions League is a major factor.
- The number of clubs from any given association is taken into account that competes in the 2018/19 UEFA Champions League.
- The final position of the participated clubs in their previous season’s domestic championship is considered.
- The overall performance of each club in the 2018/19 Champions League season.
Solidarity payments are distributed to teams of the UEFA club competitions for the qualifying phase.
€107.5 million has been allocated for solidarity payments and according to the new distribution system it will be given to the clubs as follows:
A total of €260,000 will be given to each domestic champion club that does not qualify for the UEFA Champions League or UEFA Europa League group stage, in addition to the amounts payable for participation in each qualifying round.
The clubs that take part in the qualifying rounds and does not qualify for the UCL play-offs will receive the following totals per round played.
- Preliminary round – €230,000
- First qualifying round – €280,000
- Second qualifying round – €380,000
- Third qualifying round – €480,000 is distributed to clubs that are eliminated from the champions path.
- As per the centralized phase distribution of UEFA Champions League/UEFA Europa League, no solidarity payments will be funded in the playoffs as the clubs that compete will benefit from the distribution.
- The solidarity payments of 4% of the overall gross revenue of the two competitions will be paid to the non-participating clubs via their national associations and/or leagues.
2018/19 Champions League Prize Money Breakdown
On the basis of the participation and results, the prize money is paid to the clubs. As of 2018–19, the prize money paid to the clubs is listed as follows:
- €230,000 – Preliminary qualifying round
- €280,000 – First qualifying round
- €380,000 – Second qualifying round
- €480,000 – Third qualifying round (Only for the clubs that did not get qualified in the champions path)
- €15,250,000 is the Base fee for the group stage
- €2,700,000 – Group match victory
- €900,000 – Group match draw
- €9,500,000 – Round of 16
- €10,500,000 – Quarter-finals
- €12,000,000 – Semi-finals
- €15,000,000 – Losing finalist
- €19,000,000 – Winning the Final
During the 2014–15 season, Juventus, who were the runners-up, received around €89.1 million in total. €30.9 million from the total amount was the prize money. The same season’s winner Barcelona, earned €61.0 million and were awarded €36.4 million in prize money.
The difference in the payment is due to the ‘market pool’ which is nothing but the value of the television market in each nation.
History of Champions League Prize Money
- 2011/12 – €754 million
- 2012/13 – €904 million
- 2013/14 – €904 million
- 2014/15 – €1.03 billion
- 2015/16 – €1.35 billion
- 2016/17 – €1.40 billion
- 2017/18 – €1.41 billion
2017/18 Champions League Prize Money Distribution
In 2017/18 UEFA Champions League season, the prize money of €1.412 billion is distributed between 42 clubs. The season’s winning team Real Madrid and the runner-up Liverpool are the two highest earners of the season.
The clubs that qualified for the group stage received €12.7 million just, whereas the teams that entered through the qualifying rounds had already got €2 million. Additional prize money was given based on the team’s performance along with bonuses for wins or draws.
Real Madrid took home the highest prize money of €88.7 million after winning the title. The runner-up team Liverpool received €81.3 million but were not the second highest prize money earners. The second highest earner was the semi-finalists Roma with €83.8 million.
Roma had to share Italy’s enormous market pool only with two other Italian teams Juventus and Napoli, whereas Liverpool had to share with four other England based clubs from Manchester City, Manchester United, Chelsea, and Tottenham.
|Club||Country||Total Prize Money|
|Real Madrid (W)||Spain||€88,654,000|
|Bayern Munich (SF)||Germany||€70,494,000|
|Manchester City (QF)||England||€ 63,821,000|
|Paris Saint-Germain (R16)||France||€62,058,000|
|Tottenham Hotspur (R16)||England||€61,307,000|
|Manchester United ( R16)||England||€40,387,000|
|RB Leipzig (GS)||Germany||€34,519,000|
|Atletico Madrid (GS)||Spain||€31,730,000|
|Shakhtar Donetsk (R16)||Ukraine||€29,437,000|