A place in the Premier League promised land will be on offer in the coming weeks as four EFL Championship sides battle it out via the playoffs.
Marco Silva’s Fulham have already secured an immediate return to the top flight, and they will be joined by Bournemouth, whose victory over Nottingham Forest ensured they will finish second.
Huddersfield Town, Forest, Sheffield United and Luton Town completed the top six for the 2021/22 season, meaning those four will do battle in the playoffs for the right to play Premier League football next season.
How much prize money will the Championship playoff final winners get?
The Championship playoff final is often dubbed the ‘richest game in football’ due to the financial incentives on offer for the winners.
However, the financial injection does not come directly from either the EFL or the Premier League, with the Championship title-winners receiving £100,000 ($125,000) and second place pocketing £50,000 ($62,000).
The playoff winners’ monetary motivation comes from TV rights, sponsorship deals and new revenue streams as a result of their new status.
Previous estimates broadly place the figure at £100 million ($125m) as an ‘immediate’ cash win, but figures vary year-on-year and continue to rise despite concerns over the COVID-19 pandemic causing it to reduce during 2022/23.
TV revenue alone is estimated at £3.1 billion ($3.9 billion) a season in the Premier League, with a minimum payment of £100m ($125m) for the lowest-ranked team in the division, in comparison to £7m ($8m) per club in the Championship.
Figures from Deloitte in 2020 estimated an increase in overall club revenue from £135m ($170m) to £265m ($333m), depending on non-TV agreements, with 2022 calculations placing it closer to £200m ($225m) as a base line.
How do Premier League parachute payments work?
If a newly promoted team survives a season in the Premier League, they are boosted by an additional financial bonus, depending on the final position.
The Premier League distributes prize money for each team in the top flight at the end of the campaign, with even the side in 17th picking up an estimated £7m ($8.8m).
However, in certain circumstances, clubs relegated back down to the Championship are saved from financial ruin, as ‘parachute payments’ break their fall.
Parachute payments are drawn from the Premier League’s ‘Equal Share’ dividend of TV revenue, divided between the 20 top-flight clubs, alongside their individual fees for live matches.
Relegated sides receive an initial 55 per cent share of what they would have picked up in their first season back in the Championship.
That figure drops to 45 percent in the second year, and to 20 percent in the third, but only if the team in question spent more than one season in the Premier League.
Which teams have been promoted via the EFL Championship playoffs?
|Season||First place||Second place||Playoff winner|
|1992/93||Newcastle United||West Ham United||Swindon Town|
|1993/94||Crystal Palace||Nottingham Forest||Leicester City|
|1995/96||Sunderland||Derby County||Leicester City|
|1996/97||Bolton Wanderers||Barnsley||Crystal Palace|
|1997/98||Nottingham Forest||Middlesbrough||Charlton Athletic|
|1999/2000||Charlton Athletic||Manchester City||Ipswich Town|
|2000/01||Fulham||Blackburn Rovers||Bolton Wanderers|
|2001/02||Manchester City||West Brom||Birmingham City|
|2003/04||Norwich City||West Brom||Crystal Palace|
|2004/05||Sunderland||Wigan Athletic||West Ham United|
|2006/07||Sunderland||Birmingham City||Derby County|
|2007/08||West Brom||Stoke City||Hull City|
|2010/11||QPR||Norwich City||Swansea City|
|2011/12||Reading||Southampton||West Ham United|
|2012/13||Cardiff City||Hull City||Crystal Palace|
|2016/17||Newcastle||Brighton & Hove Albion||Huddersfield Town|
|2018/19||Norwich City||Sheffield United||Aston Villa|
|2019/20||Leeds United||West Brom||Fulham|