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Financial Fair Play – An Introduction


The days of lavish spending for Europe’s elite will soon come to an end with UEFA’s financial fair play measure. In 2008-09 UEFA’s Executive Committee approved this concept, citing the game’s well-being as the main motivation behind their decision. Along with several other positive encouragements such as relieving pressure on player salaries; limiting inflation; encouraging investments on youth; and instilling future stability; perhaps the brightest and most noteworthy aspect of financial fair play is that all clubs will be permitted to spend only what they earn in revenue.

The 2 clubs which will want to have a better understanding of FFP will definitely be Manchester United and Chelsea. The two of which have consistently posted record financial losses in the past several years. And after a mini shopping spree by clubs like manchester city,p.s.g, liverpool, malaga,anzhi etc.. we shall have a prolonged look into the major european leagues and the clubs which could possibly get affected by ffp.

The UEFA Financial Fair Play Regulations, first agreed in principle in September 2009 by the Financial Control Panel of football’s governing body in Europe (Union of European Football Associations – UEFA), were brought in to prevent professional football clubs spending more than they earn in the pursuit of success and in so doing getting into financial problems which might threaten their long-term survival.

  • to introduce more discipline and rationality in club football finances;
  • to decrease pressure on salaries and transfer fees and limit inflationary effect;
  • to encourage clubs to compete with(in) their revenues;
  • to encourage long-term investments in the youth sector and infrastructure;
  • to protect the long-term viability of European club football;
  •  to ensure clubs settle their liabilities on a timely basis.
Before we start to have a look at each of these clubs, let me tell the readers that here at soccer souls, we give our opinion based on the accounts, TV revenue, commercial income, wages, title bonus’s, ticket sales and a few other fields related to the clubs based on the information they provide and our understanding of how they will fare in ffp in future.