Deloitte Annual Review of Football Finance 2012

Deloitte’s 2012 Annual Review of Football Finance is out. It covers financial developments in the Premier League and the rest of European football/soccer in the 2010-11 season. Some notable highlights:


  • EPL: +12% (+ £251m) to £2.26bn
  • Bundesliga: +5% (+€83m ) to €1.75bn
  • La Liga: +5% (+€82m ) to €1.72bn
  • Serie A: +1% (+€15m ) to €1.55bn
  • Ligue 1: -3% (-€30m ) to €1.04bn


  • EPL: 70%
  • Serie A: 75%
  • Ligue 1: 75%


  • Growth in broadcast revenue was primarily due to the higher Premier League distributions following a more than doubling of the amount generated from the sale of overseas broadcast rights, a testament to the Premier League’s global popularity. Premier League clubs’ broadcasting revenue increased to £1,178m in 2010/11, with a staggering compound annual growth rate of 26% since 1991/92.
  • The majority of the £83m increase in Premier League clubs’ commercial revenues was driven by the two Manchester clubs and Liverpool.
  • Premier League clubs’ operating profits (£68m) reduced to the lowest level since 1999/2000, when revenue was around a third of the amount generated in 2010/11.
  • The average attendance for a Premier League match in 2011/12 dropped by 2% to 34,628. Average capacity utilisation increased to 93%.

  • Total wages across the Premier League rose by £201m (14%), equivalent to over 80% of the £241m increase in revenue, to almost £1.6 billion.
  • The wages increase was driven by the clubs that finished in the top six positions in 2010/11 and Aston Villa (between them £145m increase).

  • Premier League clubs’ net debt at summer 2011 of £2.4 billion is about £1 billion lower than at summer 2009 and the lowest level since 2006. This is due to the conversion of owner debt to equity at some clubs and the reduction of net bank borrowings reflecting tougher credit conditions.

And the handy little infographic Deloitte has provided:

Annual Review of Football Finance 2012

The Deloitte Sports Business Group presents the Annual Review of Football Finance 2012

Deloitte Annual Review of Football Finance 2012

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