According to the Portuguese Professional Football League (LPFP) Yearbook, sports companies that compete in the first and second II League paid, last season, more than €228 million in taxes, 78 percent of which related to IRS and social security contributions.

In the same yearbook, it was stated that professional football in Portugal generated more than 3,500 jobs, with the I League teams being responsible for 76 percent of these jobs, with a total of 2,682 people, of which 930 players, 257 coaches and 1,473 employees were assigned to the support, management and administration areas.

The study also took stock of last season's transfer market, pointing to a positive balance of €319 million for all Portuguese clubs, with the transfer of 277 players from the I League to foreign championships.

The EY study supports the LPFP strategic plan, for 2023-2027, which is based on four fundamental axes: “Professionalisation of the industry, new competitions and formats, change in the fan profile, and intensification of social and ethical concerns”.

The challenges include “getting closer to fans, valuing competitions and sports societies, internationalisation and centralisation of audiovisual rights”.