Success is lucrative business and the prize money on offer in UEFA’s second tier tournament is well into the millions
The cash float for Europa League champions is not as lucrative as that of the Champions League, but it is still a substantial amount of money,
Clubs participating in the Europa League accumulate more money as they advance in the competition, with the prize money growing the closer they get to the final.
How much will the 2019-20 Europa League winners earn?
Much like the Champions League, prize money for the Europa League is separated into fixed payments that are dependent on tournament participation, results & finishes as well as variables that are based on the value of the television market.
For the 2019-20 season, Europa League competition winners receive €8,500,000 (£7.5m/$10m). The runners-up earn €4,500,000 (£4m/$5m).
Group stage participation earns teams a base fee of €2,920,000 (£2.5m/$3.5m), while each win in the group pays €570,000 (£515k/$680k) and a draw €190,000 (£170k/$230k). Each group winner then earns €1,000,000 (£900k/$1.2m), while each runner-up receives €500,000 (£450k/$600k).
Teams who reach the knockout stage of the competition are then awarded additional prize money: €500,000 (£450k/$600k) for the round of 32, €1,100,000 (£1m/$1.3m) for the round of 16, €1,500,000 (£1.4m/$1.8m) for the quarter-finals and €2,400,000 (£2.2m/$3m) for the semi-finals.
|Round of 16||€1,100,000|
|Round of 32||€500,000|
|Group match draw||€190,000|
|Group match victory||€570,000|
|Play-off round elimination||€300,000|
|Third qualifying round||€280,000|
|Second qualifying round||€260,000|
|First qualifying round||€240,000|
Due to the impacts of Covid-19 on the 2019-20 season, and with revenue from ticket sales being axed due to the games being played behind closed doors, prize money to participating clubs will be essential.