What’s the Premier League ever done for us?

24 April 2018


Well, the answer is a bit more than you would think.

As a technology supplier to over 50% of the English Premier League, we’ve pulled together a number of stats from around the web about the Premier League, their revenues, and the impact that clubs and their activities have on us all.


Premier League Club Revenues

The top 3 clubs brought in over £350m in revenues each:

Club revenues (2015/2016 accounts)

  • Manchester United - £515m, Profit – £49m
  • Manchester City - £392m, Profit - £20m
  • Arsenal - £354m, Profit - £3m


Reference: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2017/jun/01/premier-league-finances-club-by-club


Average revenue per club over the years:

  • £163m in 2013/14
  • £228m in 2017/18


Reference: https://www2.deloitte.com/uk/en/pages/sports-business-group/articles/annual-review-of-football-finance.html


What impact does the Premier League have on us?

In 2013/2014 the Premier League and its Clubs contributed £2.4bn in taxes to the Exchequer (tax receipts equivalent to 93,000 Police Constables). And, the Premier League also:

  • Accounts for over 100,000 jobs in the UK
  • Added £3.4bn gross value to the UK’s GDP
  • Generated £941m in employee PAYE payments
  • Earned £1.7bn from all broadcasting rights
  • And generated £722m in international broadcasting revenue
  • Enabled over 546,000 young people to get involved in related community projects in 2014/2015
  • Attracted over 800,000 tourists who attended a Premier League match in 2014/15


The wider economic and social impact of the Premier League:

  • Employment
  • Tax
  • Solidarity payments to Championship / Football League
  • Clubs as hubs within communities
  • Investment in community facilities
  • Sports participation
  • Tourism (local and national)
  • Exports
  • International recognition


Reference: http://www.ey.com/Publication/vwLUAssets/EY_-_The_economic_impact_of_the_Premier_League/$FILE/EY-The-economic-impact-of-the-Premier-League.pdf


A few facts about the Premier League

Here are a few more facts about the Premier League – who attends and watches matches and the demographics of attendees.

  • The Premier League is available in 185 countries
  • It is broadcast to an estimated 730 million homes
  • The average attendance for a Premier League match is 36,691 people
  • In 2014/15 – 26% of match attendees were female
  • 40% of attendees were aged 18 – 34
  • 12% of season ticket holders were under 16
  • Stadium utilisation rate in 1992/1993 season was 69.6%, now it is over 95%
  • Spent £1.3bn on transfers in 2015/16 (Reference)


Reference: http://www.ey.com/Publication/vwLUAssets/EY_-_The_economic_impact_of_the_Premier_League/$FILE/EY-The-economic-impact-of-the-Premier-League.pdf


Investment in facilities

Investment in stadium facilities by clubs:

  • £390m – spent by Arsenal on the Emirates Stadium
  • £360m – Liverpool’s main stand redevelopments
  • £42m – Manchester United on their 2nd Tier expansion
  • £27m – spent by Swansea City on the Liberty Stadium


In 2015/2016, Premier League clubs invested £235m in stadia and facilities – an increase of £7m on the previous year (Reference).


The Premier League invests every year in professional and amateur clubs. Here are a few stats:

  • Built over 540 artificial grass pitches to date
  • Built over 2700 real grass pitches with proper drainage systems to date
  • Contributed 1,701 grants for stadia improvement at professional and amateur clubs


Reference: http://www.ey.com/Publication/vwLUAssets/EY_-_The_economic_impact_of_the_Premier_League/$FILE/EY-The-economic-impact-of-the-Premier-League.pdf



So, whether you’re a fan of football or not, there’s no denying the huge impact that the Premier League has on the UK, through tax contributions, community activities or investments.

Find out more about our activities in the Premier League and stadia across the world: http://www.verteda.com/sectors/sports-entertainment