By David Lue, Sabreena Merchant, Jeffrey Nash, and Ethan Settel

Money, it’s a gas Grab that cash with both hands and make a stash New car, caviar, four star daydream Think I’ll buy me a football team -Pink Floyd

It’s everywhere in the sport, whether you like it or not. It’s on the jersey, in the stadium, in the heads of the players, and in the hands of the owners. If football is a religion, then to many, money is god. Each week, millions of dollars change hands between clubs and players, fans and ticket offices, and sponsors and clubs. Professional football does indeed live up to the capitalist ideal; that if there is money to be made, someone will find a way to make it. While money is involved in almost every aspect of the game, there are a few specific areas where the influence is especially strong: In stadium naming rights, jersey sponsorship deals, and player transfer fees and sponsorships.

“It is the world’s most watched league and the most lucrative – attracting the top players from all over the globe” [1]

It probably makes the most sense to start any conversation about money in football with the league that makes more money than any other. On February 20, 1992, English Football League’s first division clubs resigned, and in May of that same year, formed the Premier League. The main motivation behind the merger was to take advantage of the lucrative television deals promised by Sky TV. In 1992, Sky TV paid £191 million for 5 years of Premier League television rights and in 2007, Sky and Setanta paid £1.7 billion for 5 years of rights. [2]  But the television deals were just the start; in 2001 Barclaycard paid £48 million for naming rights of the league, and in 2007 they renewed the deal for £65.8 million. In short, the clubs’ decision to form their own league paid huge dividends.

The path to the Premier League began years earlier, starting at the end of amateur football and the beginning of professionalism. The maximum wage was abolished in 1961 and in 1963 the transfer system became far more lenient [3] . As the player movement and wages became more and more flexible, English Football became more and more of a free market and basic capitalist principles took over. Football was changing, and there was money to be made.

Stadium Naming Rights

Historically, stadia in England were named after the neighborhood in which they were constructed. Old Trafford, White Hart Lane, Stamford Bridge, etc. do not have a corporate moniker attached to them. As money became more and more a part of the Premier League, however, stadium naming rights became one avenue through which clubs could amass even greater fortunes.

In 2004, Arsenal signed a deal with Emirates Airline to name their new stadium at Ashburton Grove the Emirates Stadium. Emirates paid the club £100 million for 15 years of naming rights on the stadium and 8 years on the jersey. Arsenal, of course, was thrilled with the deal, claiming that “the combined value of both elements of the sponsorship is by far the biggest deal ever undertaken in English football.” [4]  The club’s former chairman, Peter Hill-Wood, was more skeptical, admitting that he may have preferred to name the stadium after an Arsenal legend “but things have changed in football and this is a wonderful offer we have received – the biggest ever in English football. We must move on.” [5]  In other words, Hill-Wood had no issues funding one of the most modern stadiums of all time with bags and bags of oil money.

Things had definitely changed in football, Clubs were modern corporations, and their stadiums were their headquarters, the commercial face of their business. James Walvin writes in his book:

“The major English clubs transformed themselves in the 1990s, developing a host of facilities never before seen at football grounds; restaurants, museums, supermarkets – even hotels – all clung to the stadiums like lucrative barnacles…  Football had become an alien land for its own supporters. For those with money invested in the major football clubs, however, 1990s England proved to be a land of plenty.” [6]

Television provided great exposure for any business that didn’t mind spending a few million pounds to get their name out. Millions of people watch football every Saturday and Sunday, and every single one of them is a potential customer. All modern American sports, with the exception of the Masters, gain exorbitant amounts of money for advertising time during the multitude of television time outs during a game. Advertising prices for the Super Bowl this year on NBC were $3 million for 30 seconds of air time. [7]  In football, there are few chances for advertisers to place TV commercials (only half time provides a chance for actual in-game commercials). Because of the continuous flow of football, business found an even more effective place to advertise, the player’s chest.

Jersey Sponsorships

“Today, every soccer player is a playing advertisement.” [8]  -Eduardo Galeano

Perhaps the most prominent form of advertising in football is the name on the front of a football jersey. Carlsberg, Fly Emirates, AIG, Samsung; these companies have all lent their names to some of the biggest clubs in the Premier league, and for many fans, naming the sponsor on the front of the shirt is easier than naming the starting 11. Fans who buy jerseys not only support their team, they are helping to advertise the company on the shirt. In most cases, the sponsor’s name is far bigger than the club’s name on the shirt, in fact “many young fans identify ‘authentic’ club shirts by the correct sponsors’ name” even more than the team itself. [9]  But what the sponsor’s name on the shirt does best is to provide the company with advertisement whenever a player takes the pitch. The millions of fans who watched Arsenal play Manchester United in last years Champions League (sorry, Heineken Champions League) semifinal spent ninety minutes staring at AIG and Fly Emirates. “In 1996-1997 Manchester United earned almost as much from merchandising as from gate receipts. Their teams could play in an empty stadium, and the club would  still  make millions of pounds’ profit.” [10]

Clubs stand to make millions of pounds each year from jersey deals alone. With so much money to be made, it seems hard to believe that any club could resist the allure of putting a name on the front of the jersey. This seems slightly strange to most Americans, as none of the major professional leagues have sponsors on their jerseys (except of course for the maker of the jersey). Notre Dame football is especially well known for not even putting the name of the player on the back of their jersey, citing the importance and history of the team over the individual. Barcelona FC has historically taken a similar stance by refusing to put a corporate sponsor on its jersey. Barça has in fact taken an even higher road, in the past by donating the front of their shirt to UNICEF in a deal that paid the United Nations’ charity over one million pounds each year, and now by providing a space for the Qatar Foundation, which devotes its time and money to improving education, science and research, and community building. [11]  Although both are seemingly charitable organizations, Barcelona will receive $232 million over the course of five years from the Qatar Foundation. Formerly, Barcelona could have claimed a higher moral standing by refusing to cave into the money conscious nature of contemporary soccer during their stretch of championing UNICEF on the front of their jerseys. Today, however, in a global football atmosphere where each team tries to make as much money as possible, moral standing does not retain the gravity of the almighty dollar.

Transfers and Individual Sponsorships

In June of this year, Real Madrid, already famous for spending £45 million 8 years earlier on Zinedine Zidane in a record breaking transfer free, broke their own record by purchasing Brazilian Kaka from AC Milan for £56.1 million. [12]  Not to be outdone… by themselves, Real Madrid then purchased Portuguese phenom Crisitano Ronaldo from equally spend-happy Manchester United for £80 million. [13]  This is quite an impressive leap from the first three-digit transfer fee in 1893, when Scottish forward Willie Groves moved from West Bromwich Albion to Aston Villa for £100. This type of money just goes to show how much football has changed since its early days. Many players have gained super-celebrity status and their playing ability is not the only asset they have to offer a team. Some players are so famous, and so recognizable, that just their presence on a team is enough to attract fans to the stadium and earn money for the team. For example, when in 1975 the world famous Pele joined the New York Cosmos of the now disbanded North American Soccer League, the team felt an immediate change: “The impact of Pele’s signing was seismic. Before, they had given away tickets with Burger King vouchers and bumper stickers. Now, they had to lock the gates when the ground reached its 22,500 capacity.” [14]

Pele singlehandedly turned around a struggling franchise in a market that was thought to be uninterested. David Beckham performed a similar feat 30 years later when he joined the Los Angeles Galaxy of the MLS. [15]  Beckham did for the Galaxy what Pele did for the Cosmos, and when he finally made his debut, he did so in a sold out stadium [16] . While Pele was known for his outstanding skill, possibly the best ever, Beckham was known almost more for his looks.

Beckham isn’t the first example of a football player to gain widespread fame off the pitch, and he definitely won’t be the last. What makes Beckham special is the widespread media coverage and mania over his arrival in the United States. Posh, Spice Girls phenom, and Becks were celebrities in a town full of them. Billboards of Beckham clad in Armani underwear sprung up around LA, TV cameras followed him around and the public ate it up. What Beckham provided the Galaxy was a guaranteed stream of revenue. Fans wanted to see him play, buy his jersey, and they would pay top dollar to do so. Sponsors recognized the increased audience and saw an opportunity. When Beckham joined AC Milan on loan in 2008, Milan owner and Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi seized the opportunity and placed similar billboards around Milan [17] . Superstars like Beckham earn more money than the rest not just because they play better, but because they generate revenue just by being on the field.

While money does play quite a large role in football, in the end, the game itself is still at the forefront of the sport. Many of the teams could very well play to an empty stadium and still make money, there indeed is a reason football is so profitable. The beauty of the game itself and the way it captivates an audience is what makes it so special. Without the game, there would be no money to be made. While Real Madrid paid over £200 million for their ‘Galacticos’, they did play wonderful football, and fans tuned in. The fact of the matter is, fans can stomach the massive amounts of money spent and earned in the sport when they witness the results. The Premier League is host to some of the greatest teams in the world and the football it entails is arguably the most entertaining. While owners invest in clubs as a business, it is hard to believe that they too are not captivated by the play they witness every week. Money may be the god to football’s religion, but the fans are the followers, and if there is no faith in the game, than there is no money to be made. Thus in the end, the game itself is all that really matters.



[3]  Walvin, James.   The Only Game: Football in Our Times . (London: Longman, 2001), 119, 135



[6]  Walvin,  The Only Game , 201


[8]  Galeano, Eduardo.  Soccer in Sun and Shadow . (New York: Verso, 1998), 95


[10]  Walvin,  The Only Game , 207








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There is so much money in fooball today it’s a bit to far. I had the joy of talking to a certain striker, he played for Chelsea in the 80’s.

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I love Liverpool football academy and would love to attend the academy but..!!!

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Staggering how much money is floating around in football. The wage bills show just how much is being spent on the the top players every single day

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Great post. It`s sad to see that even stadium names have been sold to big companies, but still, FIFA or UEFA think this is fine.

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The amount of money involved in this beautiful game is reaching new heights every season with millions of pounds flowing between clubs.

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Even though he made good money in his day it was nothing compared to todays wages. I got the impression that he felt a bit hard done by. I dont blame him the footballers of old usually had a day job as well. These men are now gods on £100k pre week plus.

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One thing I found interesting and learned in class today was that Messi makes more money from advertising than he does from actually playing soccer. This is a super important fact to keep in mind when looking at money in Europe as he plays for the Spanish Club of Barcelona. I also think the idea of stadium naming rights is interesting, especially how it turned into a strategy for clubs to be able to obtain more revenue. At the end of the day, money really is power and with soccer being so captivating, especially in Europe is is no shock that there is much money to be given and obtained through the soccer industry.

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I hope in this modern football world, the financial fairplay rule will be the solution to make it a better competition. The more I see, the more I realize that money can buy any player in the world, so the big team is getting bigger, while the competition will be ruled by few teams only.. That’s not fun, right?

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You are right! Soccer was a poor’s sport. Now it is a way that some poors can because rich! It destroyed honorship and patriotism. And it is slowly becoming an elite’s sport… This is exactly what happenned to hockey too! Money is polluting arts and sports and I think this is sad for our humanity…. :'(

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There is so much money in fooball today it’s a bit to far. I had the joy of talking to a certain striker, he played for Chelsea in the 80’s. Even though he made good money in his day it was nothing compared to todays wages. I got the impression that he felt a bit hard done by. I dont blame him the footballers of old usually had a day job as well. These men are now gods on £100k pre week plus.

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Chapter 6: 21st-century media and issues

6.15.3 Behind the Financial Scenes of the NFL (research essay)

Kaylaun Miller

In the past we used hobbies and interests to keep us calm, have something to focus on,  and make us happy. Sports on the other hand can give us an extreme rush of excitement, having you feel on top of the world, to feeling like you are having a terrible heart attack because your heart is beating out of your chest in pain. Sports can give you a wide range of emotions, especially if you have a favorite team, such as the Cleveland Browns. On the field it is an endless possibility of what can happen, and so much that could happen to a team. We always wonder when a team is bad or when our team’s market is struggling, why we do not simply get new players to try to get a better team, which will in theory improve the market. Finances in the National Football League can be both tricky, and confusing. All this money made by the league is not given directly to players and coaches, but is restricted and involved in media relationships, sponsorships, player contracts, coaching contracts, aspects of stadium operations, and new regulations.

The basis of this research essay will focus on how finances function in the National Football League. In doing this I will pull examples from the Cleveland Browns, and other organizations. In 2020 alone the NFL made around $12.2 billion, which NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell expects to increase to be upward of $27 billion by the 2027 season (Eckstein). This essay will break down the way in which this money is used in the NFL, as well as how it is distributed amongst the league.

The National Football League Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio holds all the history and records of everything that has transpired throughout the game in history. It shows AFC/NFC Championship rings, Super Bowl rings and trophies, Most Valuable Player Awards, broken records, the bronze busts of Hall of Fame players and coaches, and so much more. Behind all this glory the NFL has a rich history.

On the night of September 17th, 1920, 14 men including the first president of the NFL, then APFA (American Professional Football Association), Jim Thorpe, met at Ralph Hay’s Dealership to have a meeting into creating a professional football league (Klein 1). About a month after this meeting they had finally made a deal with teams from Ohio, Illinois, Indiana and New York to turn this dream into a reality (Klein 1). As any new business venture does, there were many issues that had to be solved such as player salaries, having more exposure because of how big of  a market college football has always been, and teams competing to get players from bigger markets as they do today in free agency, but without the red tape and regulations.

The Front Office

The NFL today is much more structured as the front office handles most of the transactions within their own team. The four key positions of the front office are the General Manager, CEO, the Director of Pro Personnel, and the Director of College Scouting. Andrew Berry is the big name heard around the Cleveland Browns as he is the General Manager. He has done a great job acquiring pieces to help the Browns become more successful in the future. He has been busy locking up contracts for the core players in the organizations to ensure a strong foundation. You will learn more about his ability as you continue to read, and be informed on NFL finances, through examples.

His job as the General Manager is important as he speaks directly to the owner to make their dreams a reality. The owners in Cleveland are Jimmy and Dee Haslam. The job of Andrew Berry includes hiring coaches, building the personnel department, coordinating the way college athletes are scouted, and building a strong team under the salary cap and other guidelines that align with the rules and regulations of the NFL policy (Paul Thelen). The Director of Pro Personnel works under the General Manager who helps deal with the players already in the League. This is important in finances as the Director looks at other teams in comparison to their own as well, as the player market is constantly changing with different aspects within a contract. The Director of College Scouting is exactly what it sounds like. This Director stays in touch with the General Manager and receives the reports from the scouts who evaluated these players in the field. The most important person the CEO, in the Browns case this is also the owner who was mentioned earlier by the names of Jimmy and Dee Haslam,  handles “…seeking advertisers, marketing the team’s brand, setting ticket prices, coordinating the team’s travel logistics, stadium maintenance, payroll and other similar tasks” (Thelen).

Player Contracts

Proven veteran players all want to be paid for what they believe they are worth. Sometimes players fresh out of the NFL Draft try to negotiate terms before signing a contract because they believe they deserve more than they are offered because of their statistics in college and how much they believe their performance will grow. The veteran minimum in the NFL is dependent on how long you have played on a team, versus the rookie minimum, minimum amount you can pay an athlete after they graduate college, is $660,000 in the year 2020 (Valerie Doyle).

When teams sign players to play for them they want to do it based on who fits the scheme the best for their coach, in correlation with the chemistry that will take place between the players on and off the field, previous production, are they affordable in the market, and will they get me to a Superbowl. If a team decides to release a player it is usually because they do not fit any of these categories or, they are not producing, those players are unhappy with their role within the organization.

As a player enters the league for the most part they all have the same goals. Fresh out of college a player wants to enter the league with the mindset of winning in the hopes of winning the Lombardi Trophy, to become the best to ever play at their position, to influence kids younger than them in their communities, and to become a first ballot Hall of Famer. Often when a player gets drafted and is with a team they will serve their rookie contracts, and in the process reflect on what their next move will be. Their draft position is dependent on the impact made by the player in his collegiate career, combine performance, pro-day performance, basic football knowledge, how they fit in different systems, and the personality of the player.

 A good example of this is the contract extension with Cleveland Browns cornerback out of Nordonia High School, and from the Ohio State University, Denzel Ward. Denzel Ward was drafted by the Browns in 2018 as the 4th overall pick. His original draft contract was set to expire after the 2022 season was concluded. Throughout the year and all off-season there was back and forth between Denzel Ward and the front office of the Browns, spearheaded by Andrew Berry, in regards to his future in the NFL. Denzel wanted to stay in Cleveland but they had to come up with a contract that was favorable to both parties. As of April 18th, 2022 at 2:25pm the Twitter account of Adam Schefter announced “Browns are signing Pro-Bowl CB Denzel Ward to a 5-year, $100.5 million contract extension that includes $71.25 million guaranteed, per source. (@AdamSchefter)”. This deal reset the market for cornerbacks, and other positions in the secondary, as Andrew Berry and co. made Denzel Ward the highest paid defensive back in the game.

This contract was constructed uniquely to fit the needs of both Denzel and the Cleveland Browns organization. This contract did not include a signing bonus because he was already part of the team. Usually a player picked from a new team or free agency receives one. A signing bonus is “an upfront payment a player receives to sign his contract”(Front Office Football). An example of a signing bonus from the aspect of the Cleveland Browns is the acquisition of quarterback Deshaun Watson, who was given around $45 million at his signing (“Browns Announce Trade for Texans Quarterback Deshaun Watson”). The bonus also helps a team so that they will not take a big hit towards the salary cap in their first year of play as they can acquire new pieces to fit around their new quarterback. If they were to go over the salary cap they will be fined by the league. “The salary cap refers to a set amount of money that each NFL team is allowed to spend on player salaries for any given league year”(Tyler Brooke). If  a richer team with a bigger market does not follow the rules of the salary cap they would be fined and given penalties. The salary cap is important because it makes sure that no one can use their funds to steal all of the best players and have them on one team.  A performance based incentive is often seen in contracts with unproven players, or a player who is older, or either struggling in performance, or with health. A performance based incentive works as if a player gets this amount of sacks, or gets this amount of tackles, then he will receive an extra $250,000.

There are also negative effects on a player’s contract which can cause someone to receive a smaller salary besides performance such as age, as well as age with position, and health. There is a reason why you see Quarterbacks in the league last in their 40s versus running backs. As a Quarterback you do not get hit nearly as much as any other position on the gridiron besides kickers and punters. “Athletes in the National Football League have extremely short careers due to the physically demanding nature of football, creating a unique trajectory of earnings”(Patel p.2).  A running back has to be physical every down, being the nail most of the time rather than a hammer. Their position is so physical that they are constantly bruised, hurt, and beaten by the defense, they do not have much protection as their job is to literally run through the defense.

Coaches Contracts

Even when a team gets an exceptional group of athletes together, it does not mean anything if they do not have a coach who can lead them in the right direction. A coach is evaluated by how they can adapt to a scheme which will fit a certain organization, the winning percentage of their record, their teaching philosophy, the leadership they possess, and many other values. When the front office is looking for a coach they have to come correctly, with a respectable price point to start negotiations if there is mutual interest after an interview. Many owners like coaches who are as aggressive or passive as they are in the way they view game strategy. An example of this is crucial fourth down play calling. A study has shown that it is beneficial and more effective to go for it on fourth down when the team with the ball is on the 95 yard line, or the 5 yard line going toward the end zone primarily with situations in 4th and 2 or shorter when trying to score a touchdown(Will Palmquist et al, p. 4-5),  In American football you get four downs to get a first down and keep the ball, unless you score, or commit or turnover. Without extra penalties, or any nontraditional circumstances you have 10 yards to convert a first down. Typically the team who gets more first downs wins the game because they have possession for a longer time, even though this is nowhere near 100% accurate, as a variety of circumstances in football can change the outcome drastically.

Television/Streaming Deals

Fans are able to watch their favorite team compete through Television deals, different streaming apps, and local networks. The NFL has secured contracts with ESPN, Amazon , CBS and more. An example of how media deals are structured are with negotiation between the NFL and media coverage is with CBS.

“Viacom/CBS gets a new multi-platform deal. CBS will continue to be the primary home for AFC games on Sunday afternoons, which will now be streamed on new subscription service Paramount Plus as well as air on CBS Television. Under the $2.1 billion-per-season deal, CBS is locking down 78 consecutive years as an NFL TV partner. It will get to air three Super Bowls during the contract, in 2023, 2027 and 2031”(Jakob Eckstein).

In this deal, like many others, CBS took exclusive rights on streaming certain games in a specific division. It even gave their streaming service a new line to receive revenue, and a premium on coverage in some Superbowl games. This is important since this is one of the biggest events streamed on TV throughout the whole year. This shows how part of this billion dollar industry is making billions just from one outlet. Imagine how much they bring in with the other 5 main platforms as well. This includes NBC, ESPN, ABC, FOX, and even Amazon has an exclusive deal.

Stadium Operations

Big parts of stadium operations include concessions, security, landscaping, cleaning and maintenance, security, the type of stadium itself, and so much more. The operations may be different based on the type of stadium you play at and rather its grass or artificial turf. A dome stadium is favorable to some as it is an indoor facility, so the weather will not always be a factor in games. Oftentimes teams that play in stadiums are more successful than teams without one because of the weather, as they have more fan support which also leads to an increase of a lot more money made (Rodney J. Paul et al. p.5). My personal favorite stadium is the traditional outdoor stadium that most teams play. These stadiums are open to weather and wind, most if not all highschool stadiums are open. The one other type of stadium is the hybrid stadium which is really a dome stadium that includes a roof that retracts open and closed depending on the conditions.

The price for landscaping can change drastically with the use of artificial turf instead of natural grown grass. Artificial turf does have some cosmetic and financial advantages, but if you have played football or any outdoor sport as long as I have you will notice there are big differences. Artificial turf is not as easy to stick to with cleats, which lead to a large number of injuries. When athletes randomly fall or get hurt running on a field this is usually because of the turf, sometimes we call it the green monster who comes up and grabs you. It does not hold rain and soil as much as grass does as it is made to drain fast. Artificial turf also feels much harder to get hit on as there is rubber on it as it falls and the foundation of it is an even layer of gravel.

Natural grass both inside and outside of the stadium take a lot of work and time to upkeep, as I have been a landscaper myself in the past. There is the preparation that takes place to make sure the field is in the best condition possible. In some sports, there are cases in which a field is in such a bad position you cannot play on. For example, in baseball if the sand starts to form large puddles the umpire will call the game. Bad field conditions can also lead to injury and cause an unsafe environment. Other aspects of landscaping include all the greenery right outside of the stadium to make sure it gives a beautiful image to the city around it.

Throughout sporting events fans always want to eat as it takes hours long for a game to conclude with commercial breaks and so forth, even though there are only 4 quarters with 15 minutes of time each. Like a mall or any other business that resells the products of another company, the NFL uses vendors to sell food. Like any other team in the National Football League The Cleveland Browns raise a higher price than what a restaurant would normally sell food for to create a large profit.

Security is needed to control the traffic of fans, players, media personnel, and anyone else in or around an NFL stadium. They are paid to make sure the peace is kept. They will not use force unless they necessarily need to. Most are unarmed, but many stadiums also use the police force to help with this security as there are always thousands of loud, crazy, and drunk fans trying to root for their teams. They also are the people at the gate who screen you, pat you down, put you through the metal detectors, and check your ticket as you enter a stadium.

This essay will serve to help fans, and athletes alike understand and be informed on the aspects of finances in football. Athletes trying to go to the next level have to learn how to be financially responsible and careful when they are in the process of contract negotiations, not just from different teams, but from bad agents as well. Players will then be able to go to front office meetings with some understanding on how to use this financial literacy, and communication, to use their skills, personality, and what they can give to an organization as a way to bargain for what they believe they deserve.

Fans will be able to know more about the market in the NFL, how the league is as wealthy as it is, why their favorite team cannot afford a specific player, why a team may need to rebuild, why their favorite player may leave to go to another team, and so much more. Someone trying to learn and possibly gain a career in sports could use this information to teach themselves on how money is moved, and how it is evaluated. It is a million dollar market that many have minimal knowledge on.

This has confirmed a lot more information that I have known about the National Football League. I have known a lot about the operations, rules and regulation of the game, how each position on the gridiron is played, the workload that comes with the sport, the terminology that comes with it, the physical prowess you need to compete at a high level, and so much more. This research has given me a deep dive on why my favorite team, the Cleveland Browns, were able to be so aggressive into keeping their young nucleus together, locking them up in contracts for years to come. It also helped me to see other functions that are not paid attention to in the NFL, with the media, stadium operations, and so much more.

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Why are football players paid so much?

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What is supply and demand?

Supply and demand is a bit like an economist’s version of the law of gravity. It decides how much everything costs: a cup of coffee, a house and even your salary. In this case, supply is the number of players talented enough to play in the top leagues such as the Premier League. Demand is the number of teams who want to buy the players.

Comparison of the average weekly salary for a bar worker, nurse, train driver, prime minister and football players

But why is Messi so well paid?

While there are plenty of football players, talents such as Messi are in short supply. In fact, only 180 of the 1.5 million players in organised English youth football will make it as Premier League pros.

The demand for talented football players is high as they increase the team’s chances of winning titles. Successful teams make more money from broadcasting rights, merchandise and ticket sales. Clubs have to compete for the best players by offering the highest wages. If a particular club was to offer lower wages, other clubs would simply outbid them.

Playing in the lower leagues pays less because there’s a higher supply of footballers. Demand for such players is also lower as they bring in less revenue for the club.

In 2014–15, the average League 1 player was paid just below £70,000 compared with an average wage of £1.7 million for a Premier League player.

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Why have footballers’ wages increased so much?

Players are being paid increasingly high wages because the clubs are making more money than ever. As a result of globalisation and technological advances such as the pay TV market, football has become more popular and so more profitable. The rights for the first seasons of the Premier League in 1992–97 sold for less than £200 million. The TV rights for 2016–19 are, in comparison, worth more than £5 billion.

If people lost interest in football, clubs would not be able to make such high profits. The demand for players would drop and so would their wages.

Since the Premiere League's foundation in 1992, TV income has gradually increased from £191 million at its foundation to £514 billion for the 2016-19 seasons, although there was a slight dip of almost £200 million for the seasons between 2004-07.

How does this apply to the rest of the economy?

Supply and demand affect all of our salaries. For some jobs, many people have the right skills, and so companies don’t need to compete for workers. They can hire people without offering high wages.

A job will also be low-paid if the role does not earn much money for the firm, making a higher wage unprofitable.

For other jobs, finding suitable people is hard. Employers have to compete for the best workers. As with professional footballers, they are willing to pay a lot if the job allows the company to make more money.

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06th Feb 2018

Has money ruined football or has it bettered football?

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Last week, accountancy firm Deloitte predicted that Premier League spending would eventually surpass £2 billion in a single season.

The accountancy firm’s analysis showed that the 20 top-flight clubs spent £430m last month, almost double the previous record of £225m for a winter window, with the 2017-18 Premier League gross spending totaling £1.86bn, the highest ever amount of money spent in a single season in the league’s history.

The £1.86bn spend represents a 34.7% increase from the previous season’s spend of £1.38bn, and a 188% increase on the £645m spent during the 2007-08 season.

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However, in the recent winter window, nearly two thirds of the gross expenditure was by the top six while the bottom six accounted for about a fifth of the spending.

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has keenly observed the money trail, and quite recently made notable contributions towards the figures, but nevertheless feels that the huge increases in football spending has destroyed competition in Europe’s biggest leagues.

“When you look at the five big leagues in Europe, in December we already knew four champions,” said Wenger.

“That means something is not right in our game. The huge financial power of some clubs is basically destroying the competition.”

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Is Wenger right? Has the financial disparity across Europe’s top leagues led to predictable, one-sided competitions?

PSG are currently 11 points ahead of Lyon in Ligue 1 and have spent €383 million on players this season compared to Lyon’s €63 million.

Manchester City are 13 points ahead of Manchester United in the Premier League and have spent €316 million compared to United’s €164 million.

Barcelona are nine points clear of Atletico Madrid in La Liga and have spent €324 million on players compared to Atletico’s €102 million, while in the Bundesliga, Bayern sit 18 points ahead of second place Bayer Leverkusen and have out-priced their rivals €116 million to €56 million.

Juventus, who trail Napoli by a single point in the Serie A, are the only glaring anomaly this season after spending €143 million compared to the league leaders’ €57 million.

A gulf in spending has directly correlated with a gulf in class.

Bayern Munich have won five consecutive Bundesliga titles. PSG have won four out of the last five titles in Ligue 1, and look primed to reclaim the  L’Hexagoal  from Monaco this season.

Barcelona and Real Madrid have won 12 of the last 13 La Liga titles, with Atletico Madrid’s 2013-14 nothing more than a minor interference in the El Clasico clubs’ dominance.

The huge financial increases across Europe’s top leagues has definitely led to more one-sided competitions on the continent, that much is clear, but in the Premier League, the most lucrative league in professional football, there have been four different champions over the last five seasons.

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The top six Premier League clubs, the clubs that account for two thirds of the league’s gross expenditure, occupy six of the top 11 spots in the Deloitte Money League table, a table profiling the highest revenue generating clubs in world football.

The other fives teams – the clubs occupying second, third, fourth, seventh and 10th on the list – three out of five of those teams are currently leading their domestic league, one of those teams, Juventus, trails Napoli by a single point, and the team that occupies second on the list, is none other than back-to-back European champions Real Madrid.

Los Blancos  back-to-back Champions League wins are key because if Manchester United had not claimed the Europa League last season, Deloitte predicted that Real Madrid would have retained their status as the highest revenue generating club in world football.

The exposure from a Champions League final can have a monumental financial impact for a club.

In 2016, CNN reported that an estimated 350 million people watched the Champions League final, over twice the amount of people that watched that year’s Super Bowl.

Viewing figures for the Champions League and Premier League have taken a hit over the last few seasons as they continue to try and prosper in an ever-challenging media landscape, but the tournament still delivers.

Attendances routinely clear 5 million per season, teams have averaged 2.91 goals from the 2012/13 season to the 2016/17 season, while this year’s tournament is on pace for 3.19 goals per match, and in terms of competition, only four clubs – Atletico, Barcelona, Real Madrid and Bayern Munich – have qualified for the quarter-final stages in the last four consecutive tournaments.

However, while an average of 3.19 goals initially looks like it would produce more entertaining games, the number is partly influenced by one-sided thrashing such as Paris Saint-Germain’s 5-0 over Celtic, then their 7-1 mauling of the Scottish champions, not to mention their 4-0 win over Anderlecht.

Then there’s Chelsea’s 6-0 win over Qarabag. Liverpool’s 7-0 win over Maribor and 7-0 win over Spartak Moscow. Real Madrid’s 6-0 win over APOEL.

The problem has not necessarily been the increased financial investment in football, but rather the widening of the gulf in class that that investment has created.

The money invested by the top 11 clubs has rendered some group stage games completely pointless in terms of competition, but not necessarily in terms of their practicality, as evidenced by Dundalk’s Europa League run in 2016.

The League of Ireland club made it to the final round of the 2016/17 Champions League qualifiers, and if they advanced past Legia Warsaw, they would have been placed in the same group as European heavyweights Real Madrid and Borussia Dortmund.

Their 3-1 aggregate defeat to the Polish club denied Stephen Kenny’s side unprecedented access to European’s football’s most high profile competition, but it did however grant the club automatic entry into the Europa League.

Dundalk drew AZ Alkmaar, Zenit St. Petersburg and Maccabi Tel-Aviv in the Europa League group stages, missing out on the likes Manchester United, Roma, Ajax and Inter Milan, but the Louth based did report a €3.3 million profit in the year to the end of November 2016, compared to profits of just under €143,000 during the 2015 financial year.

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As ever, beauty is in the eye of the beholder. For a club like Dundalk, they can benefit almost immeasurably from qualifying for the group stages of the Europa or Champions League.

For a club like Bournemouth, the riches of the Premier League brought the Cherries from the brink of administration in 2008 to the 28th richest club in world football in 2018.

But at the top end, in four out of five of Europe’s top leagues, the competition has become predictable and aligns directly with the money league table in that the world’s highest revenue earners are the same clubs that are dominating their domestic leagues and obliterating smaller clubs in the Champions League.

The knockout stages of that tournament are a lot less predictable, but even if only four clubs have qualified for the quarter-finals stages in the last four seasons, the same number of clubs – Real Madrid, Barcelona, Atletico and Juventus – have contested the last four Champions League finals.

Money may have ruined football if you don’t support one of the world’s top 11 richest clubs, and if you do support one of those clubs, the possibilities are in some cases limitless as to what players you can sign.

If you like watching a select number of clubs cherry pick from the world’s best players and dominate their domestic league and the Champions League, the financial growth of European football has undoubtedly bettered football, but if you find each league painfully predictable, then maybe sizable financial spending has been for the worse, although AC Milan and Lyon are perfect examples of teams that dominated their domestic league without the financial muscle of some of modern football’s elite clubs.

Money trickles down from the top to the bottom but just because those at the top of European football appear to be the only members eating at the table, doesn’t mean those at the bottom aren’t benefiting twenty-fold from their crumbs.

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Money, money, money: is that what’s causing all that ails sport?

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Elite sport appears to be broken. Scandals covering a wide range of untoward behaviours continue to be uncovered. In recent years these have included the FIFA corruption affair , widespread doping in cycling and athletics, match-fixing in football and cricket, and the NFL’s Deflategate .

What is perhaps most telling about the state of elite sport is that the untoward behaviours are not limited to athletes alone. Rather, there are allegations of corruption throughout sports systems – including entire teams, coaches, management, doctors, sponsors, governing bodies and even governments.

When systems fail in other areas, such as the safety-critical domains, we look at the entire system for contributory factors. A key component of understanding how systems drift into failure is to identify who is in the system, what they do, and how decisions and actions interact with one another. This gives us a picture of how adverse events are created.

More often than not multiple people and organisations are involved, and there are powerful levers at the higher levels of the system. Two such intertwined drivers of behaviour are financial and production pressures: the need to make a profit and the need to produce better outputs, more of them, and at a faster pace.

Financial pressures

Financial and production pressures play a key role in the problems ailing sport. Worryingly, when they are prominent, it seems that inappropriate behaviour from athletes, teams and coaches at the lower levels is not only enabled and tolerated but in extreme cases is actively supported.

It is clear, for example, that issues such as doping are driven by far more than just athletes’ desire to win. The corporatisation of sport and financial interests of a diverse set of organisations means that winning is big business – for many. In elite cycling, for example, the financial rewards associated with victory were so powerful that a win-at-all-costs attitude was adopted – nothing was off the table in terms of achieving an edge.

Many within the system accepted doping as normal practice and a requirement to be able to merely compete, let alone be victorious. It is alleged that those complicit included , for a period, the majority of competitors, soigneurs, doctors, therapists, coaches, team managers, directors and even sponsors. At the higher levels of the system, it is alleged that governing bodies were aware and even took measures to evade the issue.

The financial rewards for all in the system were too great to rock the boat – the network of people and organisations was tightly bound together by financial incentive. Financial gain likely lies at the heart of most of the sporting scandals in recent history.

Putting on a show

Intertwined with this is the need to create bigger and better sporting spectacles. Contests have to be bigger, better, faster and more entertaining. Tumbling records and seemingly inhuman feats create spiralling financial rewards for everybody involved. Just as winning is big business, sporting spectacles and heroes are too.

This form of production pressure is undoubtedly prevalent at the higher levels of sports systems, where governments and governing bodies will go to great lengths to enhance the spectacle and fan base in pursuit of greater financial rewards.

Similarly, sponsors are driven by the financial rewards associated with greater exposure. This creates a powerful incentive to turn a blind eye to untoward behaviours when the peloton is reaching greater speeds, when athletes are smashing records, or when the global audience reaches billions.

In cycling, the cancer survivor returning to dominate its biggest event attracted a completely new audience. It was too good a sporting story for all involved to actively shut it down.

What can be done?

The fix lies in the same theories that tell us how systems fail in the first place – fundamental change is required, rather than component fixes.

Improving drug controls might stop one drug, but driven by the same financial and production pressures, another new and undetectable drug will emerge. Allowing the use of performance-enhancing drugs to create a more level playing field won’t work either. The financial rewards are so powerful that the playing field will simply never be level – those with more financial power and a need for bigger returns will find better ways of enhancement.

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In cases of corruption, removing corrupt governing body officials may work for a while, but eventually the massive financial incentives will create new corruption, either at the same level or elsewhere in the system. With component fixes, sports systems will be able to adapt, driven again by the same pressures.

So what might fundamental change in sport look like? The reason that fundamental change is not often forthcoming is because it is tough to conceive and implement.

As a starting point, perhaps the very nature of sporting systems and contests needs to be examined. What, we could ask, is the purpose of elite sports? How has this drifted to where we are now?

Certainly the big business aspect should be scrutinised. Are the financial incentives appropriate and, more to the point, are the financial rewards distributed appropriately? Are they fed into sports at grassroots level, for example?

Removing or capping the financial incentives for all involved would provide a significant shift in how elite sports systems operate. In a post-confession meeting between Lance Armstrong and Christophe Bassons (the cyclist effectively outcast by cycling for his anti-doping stance), Armstrong told how his decision to start doping was driven by managers’ threats to oust him following poor performances.

Driven by financial interests, the same threats are no doubt offered across most elite sports. Without such powerful financial drivers, discussions may be less about ending an athlete’s career and more about getting the athlete to where they want to be through training regimes and coaching. The incentive may shift back to what it should be – for the love of sport and the contest, not for the love of money.

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Guardian Live - Is big money ruining English football, London, 23 March 2015 (l-r) Duncan Drasco, David Goldblatt, Pat Nevin and Damian Collins.

Guardian Live: is big money ruining English football?

At a Guardian Live event, Guardian Members came together with an expert panel to discuss whether the FA was being ruined by the influx of big bucks. So what’s the future for football?

T he Premier League earned a record £5.1 billion TV deal earlier this year for the 2016-2019 seasons, a figure that has led some to ask whether this money should be more evenly distributed across all football leagues, and whether in fact big money is bad news for the beautiful game.

At a Guardian Live event in London, football author and historian David Goldblatt chaired an expert panel to debate the issue and to discuss the ongoing impact of big money on the sport with a lively audience of Guardian Members .

The panel comprised:

Pat Nevin – former Chelsea and Scotland international now working in media

Damian Collins – Conservative MP behind the Football Governance Bill

Duncan Drasdo – CEO of the Manchester United Supporters Trust

Nevin got the debate started by suggesting that economically, big money is good for English football: “Stadiums and facilities are a million times better,” he said. “However, morally and philosophically, I have a slightly different view.”

His fellow panellists agreed that the Premier League lucre had brought in a dubious crowd. “The growth in revenue has attracted the wrong kind of owners, particularly those looking to use clubs as a cash cow,” said Drasdo. He lamented clubs whose futures had been “recklessly gambled” by their boards in the hope of ascending the Premier League, citing the costly failures of Leeds and Portsmouth.

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Damian Collins MP

Collins said although businesses were always looking to maximise profits, it was legitimate to ask if the ‘spirit of the game’ was being lost given the power held by both agents and players. The latter have “become more powerful than the sport they represent – that’s the problem with football,” he said. However, there was some benefit; according to Drasdo, clubs’ riches have made the Premier League a more balanced and competitive championship.

Collins wants to see the cash trickle down to football’s grassroots but is sceptical: “Running a big football club now is like running a Hollywood studio – it’s a content business,” he said. “The money goes to the stars.”

Nevin believes it is only natural that the chief actors in any drama (albeit “unscripted” as Premier League CEO Richard Scudamore likes to say) get the most cash. Nonetheless, the Premier League does give money to grassroots football and the Football Foundation, and says some £800m of the new deal will go to such causes.

“Those social issues the game is working on – I’m proud of them,” said Nevin. “One of the best things football has done is drive the fight against bigotry, sexism and racism, because any time such issues raise their ugly heads, football – because it is a business – has to do something.”

But what about the negative implications? Nevin suggested that most players who claim to play for the love of football are lying: “They play for the money, and there is too much cheating now,” he said. “I enjoy women’s football more than men’s because no one dives or rolls about.”

He also expressed concern that England’s national team had suffered because of the presence of so many foreign players, and said Scotland’s league had deteriorated in similar fashion but improved once it returned to fielding more locally born players.

Brand loyalty

Drasdo blamed modern football’s corporate nature for changing traditional aspects of the game, where fanatical fans have been turned into customers because of their ‘brand loyalty’.

“Because we’re customers, we now believe we’re opening ourselves up to exploitation if we act in that ultra-loyal way,” he said of fans’ current reluctance to attend every game. He blamed owners for the problem and argued against a single shareholder having overall control, because that gives them the ability “to exploit the club.”

All three panellists said the atmosphere had worsened in England’s top league, despite the improvement of stadiums, because of the changing demographics of those attending.

Pat Nevin.

A former winger of renown, Nevin believes he would have been “lost to the game” were ticket costs as high when he was a child as they are now. Drasdo related a time when he discussed ticket prices with Scudamore, suggesting the Premier League should ringfence some of the TV money to subsidise entry costs, and went on to quote Scudamore as saying: “Believe me, I have tried. I’ve asked the clubs and all they want is something that will give them more money.”

Nevin put the difficulty in getting clubs to see this down to the “short-term fashion” in which they approach such issues, while a Burnley fan in the audience claimed his club had put up ticket prices by 78% after their promotion to the Premier League, a grievance Collins said the government should be addressing.

Regulation – not relegation

The issue of governmental regulation of football is being increasingly debated, with Collins leading the way. The MP wants to see clubs financially vetted, along with greater fan representation on boards “so clubs consider the broader interest of the fan base when considering their financial options.”

Whereas most MPs feel sport is a private matter that shouldn’t be regulated by the government, Collins thinks governments should take action, especially if the FA lacks the power to keep bad owners out of clubs:“We have that in broadcasting where OFCOM can take away a licence or refuse to issue one, so we can do it in sport,” he said.

Drasdo wants independent directors who have a “legal and liable responsibility” to protect the long-term interests of the club on every board. He also proposed that clubs should be treated like listed buildings: “You can have a listed building as a private asset but there are certain things that are restricted – such as knocking the building down.” He added that the job shouldn’t fall to the FA, since the organisation is compromised by having Premier League representatives on its own board.

Don’t mention the Germans

But is it the same everywhere? The surging nature of German football – whose national team are world champions, whose clubs are still in the Champions League and whose league is more profitable than England’s despite less turnover – is troubling Premier League organisers, said Drasdo. “They are very aware of the threat and if you talk about German football, they get really angry about it. If not for the language difference, German football would be going around the world.” He praised the audits Germans carry out to assess a club’s sustainability, suggesting the model should be followed in England.

So how long can the Premier League boom last? Nevin suggested caution: “In the 1980s, everyone was looking at Italian football but no one is doing that anymore,” he said. Collins felt English football was better built to survive a slump, given that its clubs – unlike their Italian counterparts – own, rather than rent, their stadiums while their commercial revenue is also vastly superior.

“The next 10 years of English football could be as equally profitable and expansive as the last 10,” he said.

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Opinion: Is money ruining football? It depends

By Iwan Hopkins

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Opinion: Is money ruining football? It depends

Another week, another scandal in Premier League football. Though most controversy this year has revolved around the hotly contested VAR, this time it’s a financial matter.

Manchester City have lost an appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport over a UEFA investigation into a potential breach of Financial Fair Play (FFP) rules.

The investigation was launched after the German newspaper Der Spiegel  leaked a number of documents alleging that City had misled UEFA to make it seem as though they were complying with FFP rules.

They were previously fined £49m in 2014, for a similar breach in the rules. However, this time could be much more severe, with many newspapers reporting about a potential Champions League ban .

While that seems like quite a severe punishment, however, it is worth noting that City did not really feel the effect of those missing millions, with it proving to be a mere drop in the ocean. The mancunian side have since gone on to splash the cash following the arrival of Spanish coach Pep Guardiola.

Since 2008, eight clubs have spent over £1 billion on transfers, and half of them are English. Considering the fate suffered by Bury  at the beginning of the season, a club that needed £2.7m to survive, the disparity is massive.

It is not just the Premier League sides that are flexing their financial muscles. Salford City (owned by Peter Lim and United’s famous ‘Class of ‘92’) have financial clout which is clear for all to see. Their record signing, Adam Rooney, sent a sign of intent to the other non-league clubs of the time. The Scotsman decided to leave Aberdeen, and European football, behind, for a pay rise at a team who were yet to break into the football leagues at the time.

So, after all these negatives, how can the ridiculous amounts of money be justified?

Simple, really. Just observing the quality of football on display shows why these guys get paid the big bucks.

Last year was the first year that four teams from the same nation made it to the two major European finals. Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester City, and Arsenal are no strangers to spending big money, and it paid off mightily for them.

The story is similar when looking at Salford City. Before 2014, they had 35 season ticket holders and were hardly a household name. Now, they’ve seen promotion after promotion and finally found their way to the football league.

So yes, of course, the amount of money in football is obscene. Of course, it is a massive negative for small clubs with ambitious owners, like Bury. However, if you support a club that gets lucky and sees investment, the possibilities are endless.

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Essay On Football for Students and Children

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Essay On Football- Football is a game that millions of people around the world play and love. It can be called a universal game because every small and big nation plays it.

Moreover, it’s a great relaxer, stress reliever, teacher of discipline and teamwork . Apart from that, it keeps the body and mind fit and healthy. It’s a team game that makes it a more enjoyable game as it teaches people the importance of sportsmanship. Leadership, and unity .

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History of Football

The history of football can be traced back to the ancient times of the Greeks. Everyone knows that the Greeks were great sportsmen and have invented many games.

Football happens to one of them. A similar game like football is played in many countries but the latest version of football that we knew originates in England. Likewise, England formulated the first rule of the game. From that day onwards the football has progressed in ways we can’t imagine.

Importance of Football

Football is an important game from the point of view of the spectator as well as the player. This 90 minutes game is full of excitement and thrill.

Moreover, it keeps the player mentally and physically healthy, and disciplined. And this ninety-minute game tests their sportsmanship, patience, and tolerance.

Besides, all this you make new friends and develop your talent. Above all, it’s a global game that promotes peace among countries.

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How to Learn Football

Learning any game is not an easy task. It requires dedication and hard work. Besides, all this the sport test your patience and insistence towards it. Moreover, with every new skill that you learn your game also improves. Above all, learning is a never-ending process so to learn football you have to be paying attention to every minute details that you forget to count or missed.

Football in India

If we look at the scenarios of a few years back then we can say that football was not a popular game in except West Bengal. Also, Indians do not take much interest in playing football. Likewise, the All India Football Federation (AIFF) has some limited resources and limited support from the government.

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But, now the scenario has completely changed. At this time football matches the level of cricket in the country. Apart from that, the country organizes various football tournaments every year.

Above all, due to the unpopularity of football people do not know that we have under-17 and under-23, as well as a football team.

Football Tournaments

The biggest tournament of Football is the FIFA world cup which occurs every 4 years. Apart from that, there are various other tournaments like UEFA cup, Asian Cup (AFC), African completions (CAF) and many more.

To conclude, we can say that football is very interesting that with every minute takes the viewer’s breath away. Besides, you can’t predict what’s going to happen the next second or minute in football. Apart from all this football keeps the one playing it fit and healthy. Above all, it can be a medium of spreading the message of peace in the world as it is a global game.

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