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Astute Analytica: Global Football Sponsorship Market to Hit Valuation of US$57.99 Billion by 2032 at 4.4% CAGR



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According to Astute Analytica, the global football sponsorship market was valued at US$39.36 billion in 2023 and is projected to attain a market valuation of US$57.99 billion by 2032 at a CAGR of 4.4% during the forecast period 2024 to 2032.

Football enjoys incredible global popularity, making it a massively attractive sponsorship space. Major international brands like Nike, Adidas, Emirates and Coca-Cola are leading this charge, showcasing the universal appeal of football across various industries. Wherein, European football clubs, particularly giants like FC Barcelona, Manchester United and Real Madrid, dominate the football sponsorship market in terms of sponsorship revenue. Manchester United’s kit deal with Chevrolet, worth £64 million annually, and Arsenal’s multi-million-dollar agreement exemplify their commercial strength. Real Madrid’s massive digital footprint, with over 500 million social media followers, further amplifies its attractiveness to sponsors in this evolving digital landscape. The Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo’s introduction of sleeve sponsorships highlights this evolving market, where clubs are finding new and innovative ways to partner with brands.

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Broadcast Reach and Growing Opportunities

Football broadcasts command substantial sponsorship revenue in the football sponsorship market. The Premier League’s record-breaking £4 billion domestic broadcast rights deal and the $1.7 billion in sponsorship generated by the 2022 FIFA World Cup underscore the sport’s massive commercial potential on a global stage. Women’s football is also becoming a significant player with the Women’s Super League’s partnership with Barclays signifying a shift towards greater inclusion within the sponsorship landscape.

Individual Stars and Changing Dynamics

Superstars like Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo wield immense influence with their personal endorsement deals rivalling those of clubs. Meanwhile, tech companies like Rakuten and Tencent are making inroads into the sponsorship scene, signalling changing market dynamics. Even nostalgia has become a marketable asset, seen in Manchester United’s successful retro-themed merchandise collaboration with Adidas.

Key Findings in Football sponsorship Market

Market Forecast (2032) US$57.99 billion
CAGR 4.4%
Largest Region (2023) Europe (34.9%)
By Type Team Sponsorship (35.6%)
By Origin Domestic Sponsorships (61.2%)
By Sponsorship Provider Industries/FMCG/Brand (45.5%)
Top Trends
  • Increasing importance of technology and digital activation in sponsorship campaigns
  • Growing focus on corporate social responsibility and cause-related partnerships
  • Emergence of new sponsorship categories, such as cryptocurrency and blockchain
Top Drivers
  • Expanding global fan base and increasing demand for international brand exposure
  • Rising investment from the Middle East in top-level football clubs worldwide
  • Fragmentation of the broadcasting landscape, making sponsorship a crucial revenue source
Top Challenges
  • Difficulty in measuring return on investment (ROI) for sponsorship deals
  • Uncertainty caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, affecting live events and sponsorship value
  • Generational shifts in consumer behavior and preferences, impacting sponsorship strategies

Football Sponsorship Market, Investment Outlook: Gambling Companies are Becoming Leader, Team Sponsorship Contribute over 35% Revenue

The 2023/24 Premier League season showcases a diversity of clothing brands sponsoring its 20 teams. Adidas, Nike and Umbro are among the most prominent suppliers. Notably, Puma continues its sponsorship of defending champions Manchester City, a partnership that began in the 2019/20 season. In fact, Astute Analytica’s study reveals that team sponsorship segment dominated the global football sponsorship market by capturing more than 35.6% revenue share.

Wherein, gambling companies have a significant presence in the Premier League with eight out of the 20 clubs displaying such sponsors on their shirts. However, this trend may see a shift as the Premier League intends to gradually remove gambling sponsorship on matchday shirts by the 2026/27 season. Financial services are also well-represented with five shirt sponsors belonging to this sector. Sleeve sponsorships are a major revenue source for clubs with 19 out of the 20 clubs securing deals for the season. These deals range in value from half a million to ten million pounds. The Premier League boasts ten official partners listed on their website, which includes the official licensee Sorare.

Global Football Investments, FMCG Sectors is Leader with 45.5% Revenue Share

Industries/FMCG/Brand holds the lion’s share at 45.5% of the global football sponsorship market. The synergy between football’s global reach and brand recognition is potent. Global brands such as Coca-Cola and Pepsi have historically spent about 12% of their total advertising budgets on football sponsorships. These brands in the football sponsorship market recognize the power football has in influencing consumer behaviour; stats from 2022 revealed that 15% of surveyed consumers were more likely to purchase a product endorsed by their favourite football team.

Additionally, the trend of emerging industries seeking visibility like tech companies and e-commerce platforms added another 10% to this segment in recent years. The airline industry is an emerging investor in football sponsorships with the total value of these deals surpassing $521 million. Notable examples include Paris Saint-Germain’s $80 million deal with Qatar Airways and Real Madrid’s agreement with Emirates Airlines, worth between $68.1 million and $70 million.

Real Madrid takes the lead in the 2024 sponsorship arena with two major deals: Fly Emirates at €70 million and HP at the same value. Following closely is Paris Saint-Germain’s €65 million sponsorship by Qatar Airways and Barcelona’s €57 million deal with Spotify. Standard Chartered Bank leads as Liverpool FC’s top sponsor with an annual contribution of $59.50 million. Liverpool has partnered with 24 brands in total and its top-five partners generate 80% of the club’s overall sponsorship income.

Sports Sponsorship Trends

The sports sponsorship market is projected to experience a CAGR of 7.4% from 2024 to 2032. The Middle East continues its position as the leading investor in football sponsorship market with its major airlines heavily involved. Global brands like Red Bull and Coca-Cola demonstrate the extensive scale of sports sponsorship investments through their multi-billion-dollar deals. Brands are strategically seeking favourable valuations with a marketing value-to-cost ratio of 1.5 to 2 becoming an increasingly common trend. There’s also a growing focus on niche sports and sponsorships with strong ties to corporate social responsibility (CSR) initiatives.

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Top Recent Sponsorship Deals

  • Emirates and Real Madrid: In 2022, the airline extended its shirt sponsorship with the club through 2026 for €70 million annually.
  • Spotify and Barcelona: Audio streaming giant Spotify became Barcelona’s main sponsor in a four-year, €280 million deal starting in 2022, covering stadium naming rights and shirt sponsorship.
  • Adidas and Manchester United: In 2023, Adidas renewed its kit supply deal with Manchester United for ten years at £75 million per year.
  • Jeep and Juventus: The automaker extended its shirt sponsorship with the Italian club through 2024 at €45 million per season.
  • Standard Chartered and Liverpool: The bank has sponsored Liverpool’s shirts since 2010 with the current £40 million annual deal running through 2023.

Europe Dominates Global Football Sponsorship Market With Revenue Share of over 34%

Europe is leading the global football sponsorship landscape, commanding a substantial 34.9% market share. The prestigious Champions League is a major revenue driver, having generated €3.2 billion in broadcast and sponsorship fees in 2023 alone with €2 billion of that going directly to participating clubs. The United Kingdom stands out as Europe’s sponsorship powerhouse with its football clubs boasting an average sponsorship and commercial revenue of €136.8 million in 2023. France’s Ligue 1 has also witnessed impressive growth with sponsorship revenues soaring from €355 million in 2016 and has been growing at a CAGR of 8% ever since. Even smaller clubs aren’t left behind with Nike inking an impressive $5.95 million, five-year kit sponsorship deal with Dutch club AZ Alkmaar.

Global sportswear giants Adidas and Nike, along with Emirates, remain dominant players in European football sponsorship market. The English Premier League has the highest sponsorship valuation, reaching £321 million for its top club in 2021. Interestingly, the gambling industry leads sponsorship activity within the Premier League while La Liga sees a strong presence of financial services companies. Iconic clubs like Real Madrid and Barcelona hold some of the most lucrative sponsorship deals in the game with Fly Emirates and Spotify as their respective partners. Overall, the European football sponsorship market was a behemoth in 2022, hitting a valuation of €29.05 billion.

A notable trend is the domestic focus of sponsorships with 66% of shirt sponsors for top European clubs in 2019/20 hailing from the same country as the club. However, the Middle East is a significant source of funding for leading European clubs, contributing a hefty €250 million in sponsorship deals. Premier League clubs continue to rake in the cash, earning a total of £349.1 million from shirt sponsorships in the 2022/23 season. Individual deals like Manchester United’s £64 million per year agreement with Chevrolet and Arsenal’s £50 million per year Emirates deal (including stadium naming rights until 2028) highlight the magnitude of these partnerships.

The future of European football sponsorship market looks bright. The 2023/24 Premier League season features eight different kit suppliers, a testament to the diversity of brands involved. Notable events like Chelsea starting the season without a primary shirt sponsor and Manchester United’s extended Adidas deal underscore the dynamic nature of this market. Insurance companies are also stepping up their game, investing $583.6 million in sports sponsorships in 2022 with a substantial portion targeting the football world.

Global Football Sponsorship Market Key Players

  • Adidas AG
  • Barclays
  • Betway Group
  • Deloitte
  • Electronic Arts Inc
  • Macron E-Commerce Piva
  • Nike Inc
  • PepsiCo Inc
  • Puma SE
  • Red Bull GmbH
  • Samsung Electronics Co Ltd
  • The Coca-Cola Company
  • The Emirates Group
  • Under Armour Inc
  • Other Prominent Players

Key Segmentation

By Type:


  • Kit Sponsorship
  • Match day Sponsorshi

Team Sponsorship

  • Kit Sponsorship
  • Match day Sponsorship
  • Media Sponsorship
  • Title Sponsorship

Association Sponsorship

  • Kit Sponsorship
  • Match day Sponsorship
  • Title Sponsorship
  • Media Sponsorship

Event Sponsorship

  • International Events
  • Regional Events
  • National Events
  • Local Events
  • Others

By Sponsorship Provider:

  • Industries/FMCG/Brand
  • Media Houses
  • Sports Agency
  • Others

By Origin:

  • Domestic
  • International

By Region:


  • United States
  • Brazil
  • Mexico
  • Rest of Americas


  • United Kingdom
  • Germany
  • France
  • Italy
  • Spain
  • Portugal
  • Netherlands
  • Belgium
  • Turkey
  • Rest of Europe


  • Australia
  • Rest of Pacific


  • Nigeria
  • Ghana
  • Rest of Africa

East Asia

  • China
  • Taiwan
  • Macau
  • Hong Kong
  • South Korea
  • Japan
  • Rest of East Asia

West Asia/Middle East

  • UAE
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Qatar
  • India
  • Israel
  • Rest of West Asia/Middle East


  • Brunei
  • Cambodia
  • Laos
  • Indonesia
  • Malaysia
  • Myanmar
  • Philippines
  • Singapore
  • Thailand
  • Vietnam

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G2 Gozen crowned inaugural Red Bull Instalock Champions with Grand Finals sweep



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G2 Gozen crowned inaugural Red Bull Instalock Champions with Grand Finals sweep

  • G2 Gozen were crowned inaugural champions of Red Bull Instalock in 3-1 win against VCT Game Changers 2023 champions Shopify Rebellion
  • The invitational tournament ran from 20-21 April at the UK’s premier esports and gaming venue, the Red Bull Gaming Sphere in London
  • Red Bull Instalock brought together some of the best women’s VALORANT GC teams from around the world including G2 Gozen, GIANTX, Shopify Rebellion and Karmine Corp
  • The tournament was hosted by Yinsu Collins, with insights from Kieran “Kairo” Tulloch, Billie “BillieIDK” Purdie, Matt “Twiggy” Twigg, and Harry “Hazza” Chapman and an appearance from Megan “Megsoundslikeegg” Garner
  • AGON by AOC was the official Monitor Partner for Red Bull Instalock, providing cutting-edge AGON PRO AG254FG monitors, featuring a 360 Hz refresh rate and 1 ms response time, for the best in-game experience.

G2 Gozen have been crowned the inaugural Red Bull Instalock champions, claiming the victory across a weekend packed with exhilarating VALORANT matches and tactical plays. Streamed live from London’s premier esports and gaming venue, the Red Bull Gaming Sphere, Red Bull Instalock marked the UK’s first professional women’s VALORANT tournament of 2024.

Red Bull Instalock brought together four of the world’s best professional women’s VALORANT teams for a spectacle tournament, G2 Gozen, GIANTX, Karmine Crop, and 2023 VALORANT Champions Tour: Game Changers Championship winners Shopify Rebellion. Putting a unique twist on the traditional team composition, the competing teams were required to implement three of the game’s offensive class, duelists.

Red Bull Instalock quickly established itself as a high-stakes competition, with teams racing to dominate maps across a best-of-three format across the Upper Semi-Finals. The first game of the tournament saw powerhouse G2 Gozen battle it out against underdogs GIANTX, with GIANTX securing their position in the Upper Finals with a tiebreaker victory against G2 Gozen (2-1).

The second match featured North America’s Shopify Rebellion, who swiftly relegated the French force of Karmine Corp to the Lower Bracket (2-0). Facing off once again, G2 Gozen vanquished GIANTX in a Lower Bracket match underdog victory, securing themselves a position in the Grand Final to compete against Shopify Rebellion (2-0).

This Lower Bracket victory marked a turning point for G2 Gozen, who delivered a flawless masterclass in VALORANT against the North American titans Shopify Rebellion. The Grand Final was an intense showdown, pivoting to a best-of-five format in a battle for the crown. Shopify Rebellion started off strong, with a one-map lead, a reward following their success in the Semi-Finals, but G2 Gozen quickly closed in on that lead as they took the first and second maps. In a gripping third and final map, G2 Gozen swiftly closed out the tournament, claiming the win over the tournament frontrunners and Game Changers 2023 champions Shopify Rebellion (3-1).

The tournament also featured a show match featuring some of the UK’s most beloved VALORANT creators going head-to-head, including Talia Mar, Shan “ThePizzaWaffle” Hadden, Ella “Tenshi” Merry and Alexandra “LexieMariex” Butterfill. Hosted by British FNATIC content creator and partnered streamer Megan “Megsoundslikeegg” Garner, the nail biting creator show match saw Team Jupi take the win after a surprise comeback from Team Tenshi forced the match into overtime.

Kieran “Kairo” Tulloch, Billie “BillieIDK” Purdie, Matt “Twiggy” Twigg, and Harry “Hazza” Chapman were also part of the broadcast, providing live commentary and analysis.

Following the gripping grand finals, recently crowned Red Bull Instalock champion, G2 Gozen Pro and Red Bull Player Michaela “Mimi” Lintrup said: “We learned so much playing in this new format at Red Bull Instalock, how undisciplined people can be when playing something so chaotic. In the chaos, the thing that helped us to secure the win was to chill.”

Red Bull Instalock host Yinsu Collins also commented: “I loved my experience at the first ever Red Bull Instalock! The invited teams were incredibly competitive and tackled the format in a really unique way. Throughout the tournament, as the player’s normal game plan was out the window, we saw a lot of creativity, pros thinking on their feet, adaptation and some new approaches to how the game can be played.”

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Fintech crypto company Payhound has been facilitating leading data provider LSports to accept payments from its clients.

As the premier data provider, LSports offers real-time sports data, providing operators with a competitive edge in the sports betting saturated market. By using Payhound’s solution, LSports can conveniently receive payments from its clients, significantly enhancing operational efficiency.

Established in 2018, Payhound’s mission is to enable businesses to handle cryptocurrencies with the same ease, security, and transparency as dealing with fiat currency. Through crypto, Payhound offers fast and efficient international payments, with security being a fundamental principle in all its operations.

Commenting on the partnership, a spokesperson for LSports stated: “Partnering with Payhound to optimize our payment solutions signifies a significant advancement in our global business strategy. This collaboration enables us to conduct transactions swiftly and securely, further bolstering our position as a premier data provider in the industry.”

Elton Dimech, Managing Director at Payhound, added: “We are delighted to service LSports.Through our platform, clients like LSports can easily receive payments, have such funds instantly converted into fiat, and as a result, greatly improve their operations and availability of funds. We look forward to continuing to be their reliable crypto partner in the future.”

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