Financial performance of professional soccer in ItalyItaly is part of the so-called Big Five, namely the biggest top-tier soccer leagues in Europe. Between the 2014/2015 and 2018/2019 seasons, the aggregated production value of Serie A, Serie B, and Serie C – the three major Italian football championships – increased gradually. So did the cost of production, leading to a net loss of 395 million euros in 2018/2019.
Looking at the aggregated revenues of Serie A, Serie B, and Serie C, data show that broadcasting revenues are the most important source of funding for professional soccer in Italy. Moreover, income generated by sponsorships rose steadily between 2014 and 2019. As of 2019, services and consultancy businesses accounted for the highest share of soccer sponsorships in Italy, followed in the ranking by food companies, and healthcare firms.
Serie A value and online presenceWhen breaking down the aggregated financials figures by league, the economic gap between Serie A and the other two professional championships is clear. As of the 2018/2019 season, the production value of Serie A was roughly ten times higher than Serie B. Overall, the market value of the highest league in Italian football amounted to 4.5 billion euros as of July 2020.
In terms of market value, Juventus FC topped the list of the most valuable Serie A clubs, followed in the ranking by FC Internazionale Milano, SSC Napoli, AS Roma, and AC Milan. These five Serie teams also recorded the strongest online presence. In this respect, Juventus registered the highest number of likes on its Facebook page and was also the Serie A club with the largest fanbase on Instagram as of June 2020. In both cases, AC Milan ranked second, and Inter Milan third.