575 European clubs to receive a share of UEFA EURO 2012 benefits

 New distribution mechanism benefits clubs from UEFA member associations

072 - New distribution mechanism benefits clubs from UEFA member associations

Following on from this summer’s highly successful UEFA EURO 2012 final round, UEFA has today finalised the financial provisions related to the tournament in order to confirm the payments to clubs for their contribution to the competition and national team football in general, during the 2010/11 and 2011/12 seasons.

In total, 575 clubs will receive payments from UEFA in accordance with the renewed Memorandum of Understanding which was signed between UEFA and the European Club Association (ECA) in March 2012. This represents a substantial increase in beneficiaries when compared to the distribution after UEFA EURO 2008, for which 180 clubs received payments.

With €100m available for UEFA EURO 2012, €40m has been reserved for those clubs which released players for the qualifying matches, while the remaining €60m has been distributed to the clubs which released players for the final tournament. In accordance with the detailed distribution mechanism agreed between UEFA and the ECA, clubs receive an equal share per player released for each qualifying match, and a fixed amount per player per day, weighted with the FIFA categorisation of clubs for training compensation. The exact distribution mechanism calculations can be accessed here.

The top six clubs benefiting from solidarity payments from UEFA EURO 2012 are:

FC Bayern München €3,095,393

Real Madrid CF €2,996,585

FC Barcelona €2,210,202

Manchester City FC €2,069,465

Juventus €2,023,012

Liverpool FC €1,972,376

In order to be eligible for a share of the benefits from UEFA EURO 2012, clubs were asked to fill in, sign and return a club application form to UEFA, in which they agreed in particular to support national team competitions and to comply with the FIFA regulations on the release of players.

For the full list of the clubs, and the total amount received by each club click here.

Commenting on the solidarity payments, UEFA President Michel Platini said: “I am delighted that we are able to provide clubs with financial benefits from UEFA EURO 2012 to reward their contribution to the competition. We witnessed a truly fantastic UEFA European Football Championship final round this summer, and I am pleased that the clubs can now also be associated with the event.”

Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, Chairman of the ECA, said: “The European Club Association is pleased that its contribution to the success of UEFA EURO 2012 has been recognised and justly rewarded by UEFA. This shows the excellent relationship that exists within the football family in Europe, as we work hand in hand to shape the future of our game.”

For UEFA EURO 2016, the target total amount to be distributed is set at €150m.