The FA Cup, in its 141st year since its founding in 1871, is one of the main competitions in the English football calendar and the oldest domestic elimination competition in the world.
The tournament is open to all clubs in the top 10 categories of the sport in England, with 124 teams taking part in the first round, including all 92 of the top four levels of professional play. We are now in the third round of the FA Cup 2021-22, which will start on the weekend of Friday, January 7, with the Premier League and Championship teams entering the fight.
Due to the long tradition of the competition, simply raising the FA Cup trophy represents a career success for most players. Automatic entry into the basic group of the European League the following season is an extra bonus.
But there is also significant prize money for the tournament winners. Here is a breakdown of the cash played for the clubs in the competition.
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FA Cup Rewards in 2022
The Premier League team that enters the third round and wins the FA Cup would win a total of $ 4,625,000. Pretty good.
The big money comes from just advancing to the finals, where the teams first pay for winning the semifinals and then again for winning or losing the finals. The semi-final victory therefore guarantees a double payout, regardless of the result of the title match.
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Below is a complete breakdown of the cash prizes per round for men’s clubs according to the official issue of the FA.
These payments are the same as last year’s total and are lower than in 2019-20, when the final winners earned $ 4,800,000 just for winning at Wembley. The FA explained in 2020 that price values were declining due to the financial impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Distribution of prizes for winning the FA Cup in 2022
|Bike||Admission clubs||Payout for the club|
|Round 1 winners||40||$ 30,000|
|Round 2 winners||20||$ 46,000|
|Winners of the 3rd round||32||$ 111,000|
|Winners of the 4th round||16||$ 122,000|
|Winners of the 5th round||8||$ 244,000|
|Quarterfinal winners||4||$ 488,000|
|Defeat in the semifinals||2||$ 610,000|
|Semifinal winners||2||$ 1,220,000|
Revenues from the FA Cup gate and distribution of revenue from tickets
The official rules of the FA Cup 2021-22 tournament take into account how the proceeds from the tickets are distributed among the clubs. Not only the home team, which is drawn as the host, enjoys a large payout of matches for the matches.
The football association requires both clubs participating in the match to share the net ticket income evenly until the quarterfinals. The only time this 50-to-50 split changes is when a club outside the Premier League or Football League (Championship, League One, League Two) plays against a club from the top four levels. In this case, the 55-45 division is in favor of the team outside the first four divisions.
As for the semifinals and finals, which usually take place at Wembley Stadium in London, these events are handled differently.
Participating clubs will not receive a share of any tickets to the FA Cup final, but will receive a share of ticket sales for the semifinals:
- the first 5.5% of the net semi-final income is requested by the FA for distribution to affiliated associations;
- then the four semi-finalist clubs will evenly share 58.5% of what is left.