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CHAMPIONS LEAGUE

How much money do teams earn in the 2023/24 Champions League for a win, loss, tie in group stage?

Real Madrid, Barcelona, City, United, PSG... UEFA’s report details the amounts that the clubs participating in the competition will receive.

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Real Madrid, Barcelona, City, United, PSG... UEFA’s report details the amounts that the clubs participating in the competition will receive.
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Now that the competition is moving forward, we reflect on UEFA’s unveiling of one of the most important elements of its Champions League: the distribution of revenue between the teams that are involved. It total, the gross amount expected across all of the competitions is 3.5 billion euros (c. $3.8 billion). This covers the Champions League, Europa League and Europa Conference League and the 2023 UEFA Super Cup.

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Of this amount, UEFA has announced that “€323m will be deducted to cover estimated organisational / administrative costs relating to the competitions, 3% (€105m) will be set aside for qualifying round payments and 4% (€140m) will be set aside for non-participating clubs.”

The body also stated that “an additional amount of €10m will be allocated to the UEFA Women’s Champions League distribution scheme.”

Distribution of money for UEFA competitions

Further detail from the announcement reveals that from the remaining amount of just over €2.7 billion, the distribution distribution will be as follows:

  • €2.032 billion for the Champions League and European Super Cup teams
  • €465 million for the teams that are going to compete in the Europa League
  • €235 million for the teams that compete in the UEFA Conference League

Share of revenue in the Champions League 2023/24

The share of the €2 billion revenue for those clubs in the Champions League group stage is divided into four different pillars:

  • 25% will be allocated to starting fees (€500.5m);
  • 30% will be allocated to performance-related fixed amounts (€600.6m);
  • 30% will be allocated to coefficient-based amounts (€600.6m); and 
  • 15% will be allocated to variable amounts (market pool) (€300.3m). 

As UEFA states: “Each of the 32 clubs that qualify for the group stage can expect to receive a group stage allocation of €15.64m, split into a down-payment of €14.8m and a balance of €840,000.”

Champions League 2023/24 group stage payments

This is one of the most important aspects in terms of financial distribution. In the initial group stage, UEFA has confirmed that it will distribute “€2.8m per win and €930,000 per draw. Undistributed amounts (€930,000 per draw) will be pooled and redistributed among the clubs playing in the group stage in amounts proportionate to their number of wins.”

Each of the 32 teams that will be part of the first phase of the top continental competition will receive a juicy reward. UEFA will distribute 14.8 million euros per team just for being in the league. In addition, there will be a subsequent distribution of 840,000 euros per bonus, so this amount will greatly exceed 15 'kilos'.

Champions League 2023/24 knockout phase payments

For the 16 teams that progress to the knockout stages, more revenue is available. This is broken down as follows:

  • qualification for the round of 16: €9.6m per club
  • qualification for the quarter-finals: €10.6m per club;
  • qualification for the semi-finals: €12.5m per club; 
  • qualification for the final: €15.5m per club. 

How much does the Champions League 2023/24 winner receive?

The ultimate prize for the greatest of all club competitions is clearly prestige, a place in the annuls of sporting history and a rather decent story to tell your grandkids. That said, the beancounters working in the background of each organisation will take a keen interest in the fact that a further €4.5 million is handed over after the triumphant ceremony is out of the way.

What other money is paid out?

Of course, as well as actual prize money, there is also much to be made via TV and other channels. The estimated market pool of €300.3m “will be distributed in accordance with the proportional value of each TV market represented by clubs taking part in the UCL (group stage onwards).” More details can be found in the UEFA announcement.