The FA Cup, in its 141st edition since its inception in 1871, is one of the main competitions on the English football calendar and the oldest national knockout competition in the world.
The tournament is open to all clubs in the top 10 levels of sport in England, with 124 teams participating in the first round, including 92 from the top four levels of professional play. We are now in the third round of the FA Cup 2021-22, which will begin on the weekend of Friday January 7 with the Premier League and Championship teams entering the fray.
Given the long tradition of the competition, simply lifting the FA Cup trophy represents a professional achievement for most players. The automatic berth in the following season’s Europa League group stage is an added bonus.
But there are also major prize money at stake for the winner of the tournament. Here’s the breakdown of the cash at stake for the clubs in the competition.
2022 FA Cup Cash Prize
A Premier League team that enters the third round and wins the FA Cup would give that club a total of $ 4,625,000. All blessing.
The huge amount of money comes just from reaching the final, with teams paid first to win their semi-final and then again if they win or lose the final. So a victory in the semifinal guarantees a double payday regardless of the outcome of the title match.
Below is the full breakdown of prize money per round for men’s clubs, based on official FA statement .
These payouts are the same as last season’s total, and less than in the 2019-20 edition of the tournament, in which the final winners collected $ 4,800,000 for the victory at Wembley alone. The FA explained in 2020 that prize values were falling due to the financial impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Breakdown of bonuses for winning the FA Cup in 2022
|Round||Receiving clubs||Pay per club|
|1st round winners||40||$ 30,000|
|2nd round winners||twenty||$ 46,000|
|3rd Round Winners||32||$ 111,000|
|Fourth round winners||sixteen||$ 122,000|
|5th round winners||8||$ 244,000|
|Quarterfinal winners||4||$ 488,000|
|semifinal losers||two||$ 610,000|
|Semi-final winners||two||$ 1,220,000|
FA Cup gate revenue and ticket revenue split
The FA Cup 2021-22 Official Tournament Rules account of how ticket revenues are divided between clubs. The big game ticket payday is not only enjoyed by the home team that is chosen to serve as host.
The Football Association requires that both clubs participating in a match divide their net proceeds from tickets evenly until the quarterfinals. The only time this 50-50 division changes is when a club outside of the Premier League or Football League (Championship, League One, League Two) plays against a club from the top four tiers. In that case, the division is 55-45 in favor of the team outside the top four divisions.
When it comes to the semi-finals and final, which normally take place at London’s Wembley Stadium, these events are handled differently.
Participating clubs do not receive a portion of the ticket receipts for the FA Cup final, but they do receive a portion of the ticket sales for the semi-finals:
- the FA claims the first 5.5% of the net income of the semis for distribution to the affiliated associations;
- then the four semi-finalist clubs share 58.5% of the remainder equally.