The FA and EFL have confirmed the allocation of this season’s Emirates FA Cup Divisional Progress Prize fund.
Following the weekend’s Emirates FA Cup Quarter-Finals, the £250,000 Progress Prize – made to the EFL Club(s) from each Division that go furthest in the competition – has been allocated to the following five clubs:
· EFL Championship – Millwall and Swansea City*
· EFL League One – AFC Wimbledon and Doncaster**
· EFL League Two – Newport County
*Prize fund shared equally after both clubs were eliminated in the Quarter-Finals
**Prize fund shared equally after both clubs were eliminated at the Fifth Round
The funds were confirmed by The FA’s Professional Game Board on Wednesday following the elimination of the final two EFL clubs in the Quarter-Finals. The £750,00 total has been made partly available from the proceeds of The FA’s new international broadcasting agreements. In addition to the Divisional Progress Prize, this season’s competition’s prize fund has doubled to £30.2m.
Andy Ambler, The FA’s Director of Professional Game Relations said: “EFL clubs have provided some magnificent moments in this season’s competition and we are delighted to provide five clubs who excelled and progressed the furthest from their divisions with this financial reward. We hope that this Divisional Progress Prize, alongside the other gains the competition has provided them will be a welcome financial boost for the clubs.”
EFL Chief Executive, Shaun Harvey, said: “The EFL has worked closely with The FA and the Premier League to develop the Divisional Prize Fund to ensure Clubs from all three EFL divisions had a further incentive to progress in the FA Cup alongside a payment for supporting the competition sponsor, Emirates.
“The initiative provided EFL Clubs with a £250,000 prize fund for each Division to provide a further financial boost for those Clubs that progressed further in the competition. I’m delighted for the five EFL Clubs who will be rewarded for their success in the competition this season.”
Guy Price, Newport County AFC Chief Operating Officer, said: “The Emirates FA Cup provided our players, fans and staff and people of Newport memories that will last a lifetime but it has also transformed the club’s finances. Our run in the competition did not only bring the entire city together, but it epitomised what the Emirates FA Cup is all about: how important the underdog is, and how you can always fight back against the odds.
“We are proud and delighted to receive the Divisional Progress fund for League Two and the payment of £250,000, alongside the broadcast and commercial fees that will positively impact the club and the community for years to come.”
Four clubs remain in The Emirates FA Cup and the Semi-Finals take place at Wembley Stadium connected by EE on the weekend of Saturday 6 and Sunday 7 April.