The 32 clubs that competed in the 2014/15 UEFA Champions League shared almost €988m, not including play-off contributions, in payments from UEFA – €36m up on the previous season.
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The 32 clubs that competed in the 2014/15 UEFA Champions League shared almost €988m, not including the play-off contributions, in payments from UEFA – some €36m more than the previous season.
Each club was entitled to a minimum payment of €8.6 for participation in the competition. Additionally, performance bonuses were paid for every win (€1m) or draw (€0.5m) in the group stage, as well as for each knockout round successfully negotiated, while monies from the market pool were divided according to the proportional value of the national television market allocated to each individual club, among other factors.
The performance bonuses for reaching each knockout round were €3.5m for the last 16, an additional €3.9m for the quarter-finals and €4.9m more for the semi-finals. FC Barcelona collected €10.5m for winning the final in Berlin, and runners-up Juventus received €6.5m.
The 20 clubs involved in the play-offs shared €42m, which meant that total participation payments reached almost €1.030bn. An additional €3.5 allocated to the European Club Association in accordance with a memorandum of understanding with UEFA brought the total distribution from the 2014/15 season to over €1.033bn. Teams that did not advance past the three qualifying rounds were rewarded with fixed sums, with extra solidarity bonuses for national champions that missed the play-offs.
Meanwhile, €85m of the 2014/15 UEFA Champions League revenue will help top-flight clubs which do not take part in the competition. The revenue is being redistributed to those clubs for use in youth development or local community programmes, and is being made available for distribution via the professional leagues or national associations.
The associations are split into two categories for these payments – those with participants in the UEFA Champions League group stage (18 associations receiving €71.1m), and those without participants in the group stage (36 associations receiving €11m).
An additional payment of €2.9m in total will be made to the 19 national associations that were represented in the play-offs.