Parachute Payments for Serie A

Parachute Payments for Serie A Relegated Teams

This past weekend marked the end of Serie A, as Inter won the championship they hadn’t won since 2021 under Antonio Conte. Now, with Simone Inzaghi leading the team, the Nerazzurri finished 19 points clear of AC Milan in second place. Atalanta, Juventus, and Bologna completed the top four.

Serie A 2023/24 Relegated Teams

There was a similarly wide disparity at the other end of the table, as Salernitana, at the bottom of the standings, managed just two victories over the whole season and ended up 19 points outside of safety.

Above them was Sassuolo, a team that had just finished playing in Europe in 2016 and seemed to have established itself as a team in the top half of the table. However, the Nerazzurri had suffered after losing Coach Roberto De Zerbi, who had led them to eighth place in 2021. Over the ensuing few seasons, they fell down the standings.

Serie A Parachute Payments Overview

Relegated teams from Serie A receive parachute payments to mitigate the financial impact of dropping to Serie B. These payments help offset losses from reduced TV rights income and higher wage bills compared to typical second-division clubs.

Payment Tiers

Parachute payments are tiered based on the club’s performance in recent seasons:

  • Tier A: Clubs with one season in Serie A in the last three years receive €10 million ($10.76 million).
  • Tier B: Clubs with two seasons in Serie A in the last three years receive €15 million ($16.29 million).
  • Tier C: Clubs with three of the last four seasons in Serie A receive €25 million ($27.15 million).

2023/24 Parachute Payments Breakdown

For the 2023/24 season, the payments were distributed as follows:

  • Frosinone: €10 million ($10.76 million), having played just one season in Serie A over the last four years.
  • Sassuolo: €25 million ($27.15 million), after being in Serie A since 2013/14.
  • Salernitana: €25 million ($27.15 million), having played three of the last four seasons in Serie A.

Comparison to Premier League Payments

Even more money is awarded to English clubs that are relegated; the Premier League pays out a series of solidarity payments to clubs that are demoted to the Championship for a maximum of three years.

The BBC reports that these amounts have been worth approximately £30 million ($38.32 million) per year to clubs, demonstrating the significantly better financial standing that English football has in comparison to Italian football.

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