Clubs to get 1/4 of income from Champions League prize money

The Champions League trophy is displayed before the UEFA group stage draw at the Grimaldi Forum, in Monaco, Thursday, Aug. 29, 2019. (AP Photo/Daniel

The Champions League trophy is displayed before the UEFA group stage draw at the Grimaldi Forum, in Monaco, Thursday, Aug. 29, 2019. (AP Photo/Daniel

Manchester City's Bernardo Silva, center, celebrates after scoring his second goal during the English Premier League soccer match between Manchester C

Manchester City's Bernardo Silva, center, celebrates after scoring his second goal during the English Premier League soccer match between Manchester C

NYON, Switzerland (AP) — The 32 clubs kicking off the Champions League next week will rely on UEFA prize money for one quarter of their total revenue this season.

UEFA research published on Thursday forecasts the 1.95 billion euros ($2.15 billion) prize money shared by the 32 amounts to 26% of their estimated combined annual revenue of 7.8 billion euros ($8.6 billion).

Some clubs in eastern Europe can expect to get at least half their total income from UEFA.

The Champions League winner this season should earn 100 million euros ($110 million) from UEFA.

The latest research into the 32-team Champions League and 48-team Europa League lineups comes amid intense debate between UEFA, clubs, and leagues about changing qualifying paths and competition formats.

European soccer leaders are struggling to find common ground on changes taking effect in 2024.

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