How much prize money do the Premier League winners make? Full list of position prizes

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When Premier League sides play their final games of the 2021/22 season, there will be more at stake for chief executives and financial planners than the fans and players of many of the clubs involved.

Manchester City and Liverpool, as you might expect, stand to make the most money from the top two positions, but every place in the table is lucrative.

The difference between finishing top and bottom is £38.8 million ($40 millon), and the rewards rise steeply between the two.

From Champions League qualifiers to Championship certainties, The Sporting News takes a look at how it works.

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Premier League prize money

While there are obvious riches to be had from qualifying for European competition, the teams outside the top seven positions also stand to gain significant windfalls by finishing as high as they can.

Ahead of the completion of the final two rounds of fixtures, for example, some teams could feasibly have jumped from 13th to ninth — a difference of almost £9 million ($11.1 million).

For Leicester City, who are one of the teams in the middle ground, that sum would eclipse the amount the club declared from commercial and other income in the tax year to May 2018, as well as dwarfing the £2m ($2.5m) profit the Foxes declared after tax that year.

Even finishing second-bottom rather than bottom makes a £2.2m ($2.7m) difference — the kind of money that could allow a relegated club to outspend most of their rivals in the notoriously demanding Championship next season.

Position Prize money
1st £44 million ($54.4 million)
2nd £41.8 million ($51.7 million)
3rd £39.6 million ($49 million)
4th £37.4 million ($46.3 million)
5th £35.2 million ($43.6 million)
6th £33 million ($40.8 million)
7th £30.8 million ($38.1 million)
8th £28.6 million ($35.4 million)
9th £26.4 million ($32.7 million)
10th £24.2 million ($29.9 million)
11th £22 million ($27.2 million)
12th £19.8 million ($24.5 million)
13th £17.6 million ($21.8 million)
14th £15.4 million ($19.1 million)
15th £13.2 million ($16.3 million)
16th £11 million ($13.6 million)
17th £8.8 million ($10.9 million)
18th £6.6 million ($8.2 million)
19th £4.4 million ($5.4 million)
20th £2.2 million ($2.7 million)

How does prize money work?

As you may have spotted in the table of prize money, Premier League clubs receive an extra £2.2m ($2.7m) for each position higher up the table.

Aside from sporting prestige, the greatest incentive for clubs to reach for and stay in the Premier League remains the vast TV money on offer.

Half of the TV jackpot is split evenly between the clubs, which gave each side around £84m ($104m) during the 2020/21 Premier League season.

A quarter is used as prize money — officially called merit payments — and a quarter is divided up according to various factors, including how often clubs have appeared in televised games.

If the race for 12th might not have broadcasters clamouring to follow the action, it does demonstrate that every club has a pot of gold to play for in their final fixture.

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