Soccer Fans Plan March in London to Protest Rising Premier League Ticket Prices

The Football Supporters Federation (FSF) will be marching on the Premier League and Football League headquarters in London on Thursday to demand affordable ticket prices.

Soccer fans are protesting the rising ticket prices, particularly in the Premier League, that they claim are excluding many soccer fans from attending games.

Ticket prices have risen much above the rate of inflation in recent years, with more and more lucrative broadcasting and sponsorship deals being signed along the way. The FSF is campaigning on the grounds that in an ever more lucrative environment, clubs could sacrifice gate money to provide a more accessible Premier League, to those of all income brackets.

It’s important to recognize that there have been steps taken. Clubs are now required to provide certain assistance to away day travelers, in the form of subsidizing costs or providing free travel to away games further away. The FSF would say that these types of regulations are a small measure that doesn’t solve the issue.

Of course, if clubs are continually selling out their stadiums, there may be little financial incentive to cut ticket prices. Though there is an ever increasing amount of money in top flight soccer, gate money still provides an important source of income for all clubs.

Whilst there has been a lot of media attention in recent years on rising ticket prices, drawing comparisons towards what is seen as the more affordable German Bundesliga, a recent report concluded that much of the data presented can be misleading, and once one accounts for promoted clubs adjusting their prices, the rise in ticket prices is minimal.

The debate is certainly one that will rage onward. Though one has sympathy for fans who have been excluded from following their Premier League clubs, the hyperbole and misleading statements from all sides make it difficult to get a clear view of the situation for many onlookers. This march will be part of a continuing, wider protest from soccer fans to make soccer more accessible, and the debate is unlikely to end any time soon.

Read more details regarding the march on the Premier League and Football League headquarters.

H/T SportingIntelligence for the ticket prices data.

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15 thoughts on “Soccer Fans Plan March in London to Protest Rising Premier League Ticket Prices”

  1. These fans need to shut the hell up. How will the spoiled, wealthy players afford their next Lamborghini or Bugatti if the fans don’t pay exorbitant prices to see them.

  2. I have never been to an EPL match. Will probably never even make it over to England so I can’t really have an opinion on the ticket prices. But here in the States we are having the same problem with our “major” sports ticket pricing. It would cost me a small fortune for me and my family to attend a Mets games. So my alternative is to attend minor league games to get my baseball fix. I know even the lower leagues prices are even getting expensive. Try a non league match. Nothing will change unless supporters stop attending.

    1. You can get Mets tickets pretty cheap these days since no one is going, but if you are bringing young kids then that will drive the spending costs up at the stadium.

  3. These figures are inaccurate. The cheapest Stoke season ticket is £349, it’s cost that much for the past 7 seasons and there’s never been a price increase during this time.

      1. That’s current prices, to be honest you wouldn’t get one at that price as they’ll all have sold out at £349.

        I’d be interested to know how many other prices don’t take into account their club’s early bird prices.

        What’s more interesting is the walk up prices and match categorisation. The cheapest price for a Cat A game at Stoke would be £50, the scandal is this would get charged to away fans too.

    1. Yes, TV rights. Not gate receipts.

      The Premier League will earn $1.47 billion from broadcasters in Asia alone for live rights to matches between now and 2016.

  4. Just going by the GBP to USD conversion, These prices aren’t bad compared to NFL season ticket prices. But then again I am not abreast on the current economics in Europe.

    1. It works out at roughly £17.50 a ticket per match over a season of league matches. Without the option of the season ticket I don’t think I’d pay the Cat A prices that my club charges.

      There’s been no price increase across the board at Stoke in 7 years so you can’t argue with that.

      I’m sure it was shown that after the last big tv deal clubs could let fans in for free and be no worse off.

      £20 is plenty is the FSF campaign that I’d like to see have success.

  5. Let’s be real here – take out factors such as “x club has been promoted so of course their prices have risen by xx%”. Let’s compare apples to apples over a long time: The clubs currently in the EPL who were in the old 1st Division in the early 1980s. LFC, EFC, MUFC, AFC, THFC, ACFC, MCFC, etc, etc.. Look at what these clubs charged to sit in their main stands 1979-1984 and then add the respective annual rate of inflation for every year, beginning in 1984 until you get to 2014. That should give you an idea what a main stand seat would cost if annual rate of inflation had been added every year since 1984. Then, that would be a fair asking price today!

    1. The type of people who could afford those prices aren’t those who the clubs in question want to attend anymore.

      For good or I’ll the game has been gentrified or hijacked in this country (depending which side of the argument you are on).

      1. so then the entire argument “the clubs are pricing out honest fans” becomes dead! Because it is these fans who want a REALISTIC pricing structure, not a corporatepricing structure. So, either: a) accept the high prices and the “honest fans can’t accept to go” – and end all debate; or b) calculate based on a reasonable formula – and as fans are marching this week, I assume “honest fans” still wish to see an honest pricing structure where they can attend games

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