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Value Of The Beautiful Game: Cost Of Season Tickets Premier League 

Value Of The Beautiful Game: Cost Of Season Tickets Premier League 

For many, following a football team is more than just a hobby or interest, your team becomes your family, from the highs of knock-out goals and wins, to the lows of relegation fears and losses, true fans stay with their team through thick and thin. So, how many hours would you be willing to work to earn a season ticket to your football team? 

We’ve analysed Premier League football season ticket prices, average fan salaries and average footballer salaries to reveal the true value of the beautiful game. How many hours are fans willing to work to become a football season ticket holder? And, how does this compare to the time in which a footballer for your team could afford a season ticket? See the true cost of season tickets to the Premier League here: 

The Value of the Beautiful Game-Fan vs Footballer Time To Earn Season Ticket

Most Expensive Season Tickets in The Premier League

The age old saying of “time equals money” is still true today. So, how does this translate to the affordability of supporting a Premier League football team and securing a season ticket? 

Our analysis highlights the time difference seen in fans working to earn a season ticket to their team against how quickly footballers for their team earn the amount needed to secure a ticket. Are you shocked by the difference? 

For example, Manchester City fans would have to work almost 20 hours to be able to afford the £325 season ticket, compared to just 11 minutes of work, on average, for the Man City starting line-up. This is a huge 107% change and a stark difference between fan and player time and effort per ticket to support the 2021 Premier League winners. 

The top five clubs with the most expensive season tickets in the Premier League are: 

Club name Fan salary (£) Cheapest season ticket price (£)
Arsenal 60,933.00 891
Tottenham 60,933.00 795
Liverpool 44,341.00 685
Chelsea 60,933.00 595
Brighton 49,425.00 535

However, affordability is more than just the expense of the ticket. In our analysis, we compared the season ticket to the average salary of fans in the city in which their club is based. This allows us to reveal which fans have to work the longest hours to cover the cost of a season ticket to their Premier League team. 

See which fans work the longest here: 

The Value of the Beautiful Game-Average Fan Hours To Earn Season Ticket

The Football Fans Who Work The Hardest For A Season Ticket

2019/20 Premier League Champions Liverpool have one of the steeper season ticket prices which results in fans having to work 42.3 hours to afford a ticket. For most workers that is over one full week of hours and wages to commit to seeing your team play throughout the season, making Liverpool fans the most hardworking to be able to afford a season ticket.  

The second-longest fan hours to earn a season ticket is found in Arsenal, with the average fan committing 42.25 working hours to afford the whopping £891 season ticket – the most expensive ticket price of the league. 

As for the bottom of the ranking, Manchester City fans are still likely to work 19.71 hours to be able to afford the £325 season ticket, giving their fans the best working hour requirements for a ticket across the Premier League. However, this is still the equivalent of playing over 13 football games to earn the season pass! 

How many hours would you be willing to work to afford a season ticket to your team?