2016/17 Champions League revenue distribution

A total of more than €1.3bn will be shared among the clubs in the 2016/17 UEFA Champions League and we explain how the money will be distributed from winners to first qualifying round.

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A total of more than €1.3bn will be shared among the clubs in the 2016/17 UEFA Champions League and UEFA Super Cup.

HOW THE MONEY IS GENERATED

  • All net revenue from the club competitions is centralised, in one single pot, and reallocated to the UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League on a fixed ratio of 3.3:1.
  • The gross commercial revenue from the 2016/17 UEFA Champions League, the 2016/17 UEFA Europa League and the 2016 UEFA Super Cup is estimated at around €2.35bn. The distribution plan (including fixed amounts) is based on this amount.
  • Out of the estimated gross amount of €2.35bn, 12% (€282m) will be deducted to cover organisational and administrative competition-related costs and 8.5% (€199.7m) will be allocated to solidarity payments. Of the resultant net revenue of €1.86bn, 8% will be reserved for European football and remain with UEFA, and the other 92% will be distributed to the participating clubs.
  • On the basis of the above-mentioned revenue forecast and set allocations, the total amount available for distribution to participating clubs in 2016/17 is €1.7187bn, of which €1.3189bn will go to clubs in the UEFA Champions League and the UEFA Super Cup.

HOW THE MONEY IS SHARED OUT

FOR TEAMS IN THE UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE

Group stage onward

Forecast revenues

  • The net amount available to participating clubs will be split on a 60:40 basis between fixed amounts and variable amounts (market pool).
  • Based on the net amount of €1.2689bn, the fixed amounts will be €761.9m (group stage allocations, performance and qualification bonuses) and the variable amounts 507m (market pool).

Fixed amounts (€761.9m)

  • Basic allocation for each club in group stage: €12.7m.
  • Performance bonus per group win: 1.5m
  • Performance bonus per group draw: €500,000 per draw.
  • Non-distributed amounts (€500,000 per draw) will be pooled and redistributed among the clubs playing in the group stage in amounts proportionate to their number of wins.
  • Round of 16 appearance: €6m
  • Quarter-final appearance: €6.5m
  • Semi-finalist appearance 7.5m
  • The UEFA Champions League winners can expect to receive €15.5m and the runners-up 11m, inclusive of their share of ticket revenue from the final (no additional amount will be paid to the finalists in relation to ticketing as was customary in the past).

A club could therefore receive, at best, €57.2m, not including their play-off allocations or market pool share

UEFA Super Cup

The 2016 UEFA Super Cup winners (Real Madrid) can expect to receive €4m and the runners-up (Sevilla) €3m.

Play-off round

  • Clubs involved in the play-offs share a total of €50m: €2m for each winner and €3m for each club that is eliminated.

Market pool (€507m)

An estimated 507m will be distributed according to the proportional value of each television market represented by the clubs taking part in the UEFA Champions League (group stage onwards) and split among the clubs participating from a given association.

  • Half of the amount representing the value of each market will be split among the clubs based on their performance in the previous domestic championship
  • The following split among the clubs from any given association will apply (the table below covers all cases that may arise from the qualifying phase and is based on the national association rankings as shown in Annex A of the Regulations of the UEFA Champions League 2016/17).

 

4 teams (National Associations ranked 1-3 )

3 teams (National Associations 1-3)

3 teams (National Associations 4-6)

2 teams (National Associations 4-6 and 13-15)

2 teams (National Associations 7-12)

1 team (National Associations 7-54)

Champion

40%

45%

50%

55%

65%

100%

Runner-up

30%

35%

35%

45%

35%

 

N - 3

20%

20%

15%

 

 

 

N - 4

10%

 

 

 

 

 

  • UEFA Champions League or UEFA Europa League titleholders that do not qualify for the UEFA Champions League via their domestic championship (i.e. Sevilla) receive nothing from this first half of the market pool.
  • UEFA Champions League or UEFA Europa League titleholders that also qualify via their domestic championship for the UEFA Champions League (i.e. Real Madrid) retain the percentage assigned to them based on the position in which they finish the championship.
  • The other half of the amount representing the value of each market will be paid in proportion to the number of matches played by each club in the 2016/17 UEFA Champions League.
  • Each time that a club from an association represented by one or more clubs in the UEFA Champions League group stage is eliminated in the play-offs, 10% of that association's market pool share will be deducted and allocated to the eliminated club. This is a new arrangement which was not part of the distribution system prior to the 2015–18 commercial cycle.

The various amounts distributed from the market pool on a club-by-club basis can only be calculated once all the contracts have been finalised and not before the end of the competition, since the exact amount for each club depends on five factors:

 

Additional amounts

  • Any additional amount available for club distribution as a result of possible final higher gross commercial revenue (surplus) will first cover the €4.2m (indicative figure) assigned to the European Club Association (ECA) in accordance with its memorandum of understanding with UEFA.
  • This amount will initially be taken from the market pool share. Any remaining surplus will be split on a 60:40 basis between fixed amounts and the market pool, as decided by the UEFA Executive Committee on the recommendation of the Club Competitions Committee

SOLIDARITY PAYMENTS

Teams in qualifying

In the new distribution system, the pot for payments to clubs participating in the UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League qualifying rounds will be equal to 3.5% of the overall gross revenue. Based on the forecast of €2.35bn in overall revenue, €82.2m will be distributed to the clubs in both competitions with the teams defeated in UEFA Champions League qualifying receiving the following amonts:

First qualifying round – €220,000
Second qualifying round – €320,000
Third qualifying round – €420,000 (only eliminated clubs)

  • Each domestic champion club which does not qualify for the UEFA Champions League group stage will receive €260,000 in addition to the amounts due for participation in each qualifying round.
  • No solidarity payments will be paid in the play-offs as the clubs involved will be entitled to the play-off allocation above. The clubs eliminated at this stage will retain the payments received for their participation in the first and second qualifying rounds, as applicable.
  • Any additional amounts available for distribution to clubs in the qualifying rounds as a result of higher gross commercial revenue (surplus) will be allocated to the clubs in direct proportion to the fixed amounts received.

Non-participating clubs

The solidarity payments to non-participating clubs via their national associations and/or leagues will now represent 5% of the overall gross revenues of the two competitions.

  • A forecast total of 117.5m will be distributed to national associations and/or leagues for their clubs (this amount may be increased in the event of higher gross commercial revenue).
  • Of this amount, 80% will be distributed to national associations and/or leagues with at least one club participating in the UEFA Champions League group stage and 20% to national associations and/or leagues with no participating clubs in the UEFA Champions League group stage.

Furthermore, as introduced for season 2015/16, the distribution to national associations and/or leagues will no longer be exclusively based on their market value. Instead, 60% of the available amounts will be distributed in equal shares among all national associations and/or leagues and 40% will be distributed according to the value of the TV market of each respective association in the UEFA Champions League.

Only clubs not participating in the group stage of either the UEFA Champions League or UEFA Europa League in 2016/17 will be entitled to a share of these solidarity payments.

All the provisions are subject to final confirmation by UEFA