English FA has confirmed that FA Cup prize money fund will be reduced from 2020-21 season after pandemic caused financial havoc. The prize money fund for FA Cup 2020-21 season will be reduced back to 2017-18 season levels where winners will pocket £1.8 million while the runners-up will get £900,000.
FA Cup 2020-21 Prize Money Fund (Confirmed)
The prize money fund is almost halved for 2020-21 season compared to last year where Arsenal (winners) pocketed £3.6 million and Chelsea (runners-up) got £1.8 million in performance related payments. Due to covid-19 pandemic English FA had to reduce the FA Cup payouts for atleast one season and this season winners pocket just £1.8 million. The replays also been scrapped which means potentially lower income from TV money and also no gate receipts.
Below is the round by round breakdown of FA Cup prize money fund and what other ways club earn money playing in the FA Cup.
|ROUND||WINNING TEAMS||LOSING TEAMS|
|1st Preliminary Round||£1,125 (184)||£375 (184)|
|2nd Preliminary Round||£1,444 (160)||£481 (160)|
|1st Qualifying Round||£2,250 (116)||£750 (116)|
|2nd Qualifying Round||£3,375 (80)||£1,125 (80)|
|3rd Qualifying Round||£5,625 (40)||£1,875 (40)|
|4th Qualifying Round||£9,375 (32)||£3,125 (32)|
|FA Cup – Round 1||£22,629 (40)|
|FA Cup – Round 2||£34,000 (20)|
|FA Cup – Round 3||£82,000 (32)|
|FA Cup – Round 4||£90,000 (16)|
|FA Cup – Round 5||£180,000 (8)|
|Semifinals||£900,000 (2)||£450,000 (2)|
FA Cup TV Fees Breakdown:
Apart from the normal performance related payments to clubs from Prize money fund, club also receive fixed payment every time their match is on TV. Its called facility fee and awarded to both teams of a match being broadcasted live in the UK.
|ROUND||LIVE MATCH FEE|
|FA Cup Round 1||£67,500|
|FA Cup Round 2||£72,000|
|FA Cup Round 3||£144,000|
|FA Cup Round 4||£144,000|
|FA Cup Round 5||£247,500|
|FA Cup Round 6||£247,500|
How is FA Cup gate money split ?
In the FA Cup for every game, home and away sides share the gate receipts money regardless where the match is taking place. 45% each for both sides and 10% goes to English FA for organization purposes. That is the reason, lower league teams are hoping to draw one of the big boys from Premier League.
Cambridge United took United to a replay at Old Trafford back in 2017 and they shared the gate receipt which came in at around £1.2 million for Cambridge which was more than twice their yearly revenue. However in 2020-21 there won’t be any gate receipts as matches are being played behind closed doors.
So how much is FA Cup Worth ?
For the big premier league sides, FA Cup is not worth much financially but it comes with prestige and honor of winning major domestic title. However lower league sides can benefit heavily from a good run in FA Cup specially if they draw one of the big teams from Premier League.