Covid-19 Financial Blow for FA CUP

The FA Cup Final on Saturday saw Arsenal scoop an eye watering £3.6 million on top of lifting the trophy and qualifying for the Europa League. Next season’s winners will get half that sum.

Due to the financial impact of Covid-19 the FA is facing substantial losses of up to £300m and this means that prize money for the FA Cup will revert back to the level that it did two years ago with prize money halved.

This means a further financial hit for non-league clubs with a run in early rounds of the FA Cup having been particularly lucrative for smaller sides in the past couple of seasons.

FA CUP PRIZE FUND PAYMENTS FOR 2020-21 (2019-20 figures in brackets)

  • Extra preliminary round winners £1,125 (£2,250) Losers receive £375 (£750)
  • Preliminary round winners £1,444 (£2,890) Losers receive £481 (£960)
  • First round qualifying winners £2,250 (£4,500) Losers receive £750 (£1,500)
  • Second round qualifying winners £3,375 (£6,750) Losers receive £1,125 (£2,250)
  • Third round qualifying winners £5,625 (£11,250) Losers receive £1,875 (£3,750)
  • Fourth round qualifying winners £9,375 (£18,750) Losers receive £3,125 (£6,250)
  • First round proper winners  £22,629 (£36,000)
  • Second round proper winners £34,000 (£54,000)
  • Third round proper winners £82,000 (£135,000)
  • Fourth round proper winners £90,000 (£180,000)
  • Fifth Round Proper winners £180,000 (£360,000)
  • Quarter-final winners £360,000 (£720,000)
  • Semi-final winners £900,000 (£1,800,000)
  • Semi-final losers £450,000 (£900,000)
  • Final runners-up £900,000 (£1,800,000)
  • Final winners £1,800,000 (£3,600,000)

This along with the loss of gate receipts could see many non-league teams face financial ruin.


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