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Distribution of revenue in the 2018/19 UEFA Champions League

Tuesday 5th June 2018

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The clubs participating in the 2018/19 UEFA Champions League and the 2018 UEFA Super Cup will receive a total of EUR 2.04 billion.

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UEFA has announced details of the distribution of revenue from the 2018/19 UEFA Champions League and 2018 UEFA Super Cup to the clubs, as well as the solidarity payments for the qualifying phases.

The gross revenues from the 2018/19 UEFA Champions League, the 2018/19 UEFA Europa League and the 2018 UEFA Super Cup are estimated at around EUR 3.25 billion.

From the estimated gross amount of EUR 3.25 billion, EUR 295 million will be deducted to cover organizational costs in connection with the competitions; a further 7% (EUR 227.5 million) are set aside for solidarity payments. Of the remaining EUR 2.73 billion, UEFA is setting aside 6.5% for European football; the remaining 93.5% will be distributed to the participating clubs.

On the basis of the above-mentioned revenue estimate and the stipulated allocations, EUR 2.55 billion will be available for distribution to the participating clubs in the 2018/19 season. Of this, EUR 2.04 billion will go to the participants in the UEFA Champions League and the UEFA Super Cup and EUR 510 million to the participants in the UEFA Europa League. In addition, there are the following transfers from the share of the UCL clubs:

• EUR 50 million for the portion of the clubs in the UEFA Europa League;
• EUR 10 million to cross-subsidize solidarity payments to clubs eliminated in the qualifying phase of the UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League 2018/19.

UEFA Champions League

Share for the twelve clubs taking part in the play-offs of the UEFA Champions League
A total of EUR 30 million will be paid to the participants in the play-offs for the UEFA Champions League: Eliminated clubs receive a fixed amount of EUR 5 million each. The play-off winners do not receive any specific payments for this round, but receive the contributions due to them for participation at the UEFA Champions League group stage.

Share for clubs participating in the UEFA Champions League (from group stage)
Estimated amounts (total EUR 1.95 billion)
The net income for the participating clubs is divided into four pillars:
• 25% will be allocated to the starting bonuses (EUR 488 million);
• 30% will be allocated to the performance-based fixed amounts (EUR 585 million);
• 30% will be distributed on the basis of the performance-related coefficient ranking from the past ten years (EUR 585 million);
• 15% will be allocated to the variable amounts (market pool) (EUR 292 million).

Starting bonuses (EUR 488 million)
All 32 clubs that take part in the group phase will receive a starting bonus for the group phase of EUR 15.25 million.

Fixed amounts (EUR 585 million)
In the group stage, performance-based bonuses are paid for each game: EUR 2.7 million for a win and EUR 900,000 for a draw. At the end of the day, the remaining amounts (i.e. EUR 900,000 per draw) will be distributed among all participating clubs according to the number of games won in the group stage.

Clubs that qualify for the knockout phase receive the following amounts:
• Qualification for the round of 16: EUR 9.5 million per club
• Qualification for the quarter-finals: EUR 10.5 million per club
• Qualification for the semi-finals: EUR 12 million per club
• Qualification for the final: EUR 15 million per club
• The winner of the UEFA Champions League receives a further EUR 4 million

The two clubs that qualify for the 2018 UEFA Super Cup will each receive EUR 3.5 million; the winner of this game receives an additional EUR 1 million

Coefficient ranking (EUR 585 million)
There is a new ranking based on performance over the past ten years. In addition to the game points accumulated during this period, the ranking now also includes bonus points for winning the UEFA Champions League or the European Champion Clubs 'Cup, the UEFA Europa League or the UEFA Cup and the Cup Winners' Cup. A ranking list was drawn up on the basis of these parameters and the total amount of EUR 585.05 million was divided into “coefficient parts”, with each part corresponding to EUR 1.108 million. The worst-placed team receives a share (EUR 1.108 million); An additional share is added for each rank, so that the best placed team receives 32 shares (EUR 35.46 million).

Ranking on UEFA.com

Market pool (EUR 292 million)
The estimated amount of EUR 292 million will be distributed proportionally based on the value of the television market represented by the clubs participating in the UEFA Champions League (from the group stage). The various market shares are divided among the participating clubs from the respective association.

The corresponding amounts per club, which are distributed according to the respective market value, depend on five factors:

1) Amount actually available in the market pool at the end;
2) Composition of the list of participants in the 2018/19 UEFA Champions League;
3) Number of clubs from the individual national associations that are represented in the 2018/19 UEFA Champions League;
4) championship rank of the clubs concerned in the previous year;
5) Performance of the club in question in the 2018/19 UEFA Champions League.

Solidarity payments

Solidarity payments in the qualifying phase of UEFA club competitions

Under the new distribution key, EUR 107.5 million will be distributed to the clubs.

UEFA Champions League - championship and league path
Every national champion who does not qualify for the group stage of the UEFA Champions League or the UEFA Europa League will receive an additional EUR 260,000 in addition to the amounts for the respective qualifying rounds.

All clubs participating in the qualification phase that do not qualify for the UCL playoffs receive the following amounts per round contested:
• Preliminary round - EUR 230,000
• First qualifying round - EUR 280,000
• Second qualifying round - EUR 380,000
• Third qualifying round - EUR 480,000 (only for clubs eliminated on the champions path, as teams eliminated on the league path qualify directly for the group stage of the UEFA Europa League and therefore the distribution formula of this competition applies to them).

No solidarity payments are made in the play-offs, as the centralized distribution system for the UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League is used for the participating clubs.

Solidarity payments to clubs not participating in the group stage of the UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League

The solidarity payments to non-participating clubs, which are paid through their national associations or leagues, amount to 4% of the total gross income from both competitions.

In this context, a total of EUR 130 million will be distributed to the national associations or leagues for their clubs.

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