(Via uefa.com)UEFA has released the 11th edition of the European Club Footballing Landscape report, its annual club licensing benchmarking report on European club football.

The latest report details that the 2018 financial year was the second consecutive year of overall profitability for European top-division club football – a significant turnaround compared with the €5bn of losses that were recorded in just three years at the turn of the decade before UEFA’s Financial Fair Play regulations were introduced.

This year’s report once again presents a panoramic picture of European football, and this year, for the first time, it includes a profile of women’s domestic football, as well as some initial findings from a wide-ranging study covering more than 900 club training facilities. This supplements the standard chapters on club ownership, stadium infrastructure, supporters, sponsorship, and league and cup competitions, as well as the usual detailed analysis of financial matters.

The report focuses on how the stable European football ecosystem, aided by sensible regulation, has helped club football to 20 consecutive years of revenue growth. In fact, top division European club revenues increased in total from €20bn to €21bn in 2018.

But it also points out that revenues continue to concentrate, with the share of revenues generated by ‘big 5’ leagues reaching a record high of 75%. Preliminary reporting from 2019 indicates that, for the first time, the top 30 clubs will be responsible for more than half of all top division club revenues. On the other side of equation, the wage bill of the 98 ‘big 5’ clubs increased by more than €1bn, representing 88% of all wage growth, and these clubs were responsible for 85% of gross transfer spending and 75% of top division transfer earnings.

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