The UEFA Champions League is the biggest club competition in the world club football competitions. It is the 67th season of Europe’s premier club football tournament and the 30th season since it was renamed from the European Champion Clubs. The winners of the 2021–22 UEFA Champions League will automatically qualify for the 2022–23 UEFA Champions League group stage.
The UEFA Champions League begins with a double round-robin group stage of 32 teams divided into eight groups of four. Each team plays six group stage games, meeting the other three teams in its group home and away. The winning team and the runners-up from each group then progress to the next round.
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Full details of the prize money distribution are given below:
According to the associated press, there will be a boost in financial motivation with the 2021-2022 edition.
UEFA Champions League 2021-22 Prize Money
|Round of 16
|Group match draw
|Group match victory
|Base fee for the group stage
|Third qualifying round
|Second qualifying round
|First qualifying round
|Preliminary qualifying round
The clubs who play at the Champions League group stage will receive a minimum payment of €15,250,000 each before a single game is played. Which is the base fee for the group stage. Each group-stage win is worth €2,700,000, with draws paying €900,000 apiece and none for the losing team. Teams who reach the last 16 will receive an amount of €9,500,000 plus additional payments the longer they stay in the competition. The teams reaching the quarter-finals will receive further an amount of €10,500,000 and the semi-finalist will receive an amount of €12,000,000.
The finalist of the competition gets €15,000,000 and the winner gets a boost amount of €4m which makes the amount for the champion €19,000,000. This means that, at best, a club can earn €82,450,000 of prize money under this structure. Without counting shares of the qualifying rounds, play-off round or the market pool.
Clubs competing in the Champions League also receive revenue based on the television market pool, which according to UEFA fluctuates depending on the number of teams involved in the competition from a particular association. This element of the calculation is designed to reward countries that bring in the most money to Uefa’s coffers. After it is shared among the participating teams from that country based on some factors. These are :
- The actual final amount in the market pool.
- The composition of the field of clubs participating in the 2020-21 UEFA Champions League.
- The number of clubs from any given association competing in the 2020-21 UEFA Champions League.
- The final position of each competing club in their previous season’s domestic championship.
- The performance of each club in the 2020-21 UEFA Champions League.