The FA Cup pays out prize money at every round. That makes it potentially incredibly lucrative, especially if a lower league team has a strong run.
But Premier League clubs can also pocket substantial sums by reaching the latter stages, more so if they actually go on to lift the trophy at Wembley come the end of the season.
Prize money in the very earliest preliminary rounds in 2021/22 started at £1,125 for winners, with even the losers at that stage getting paid £375.
Only winners are paid once the competition reaches the first round proper, which was worth £22,629 this season, but vast payments to losers do return for the semi-finals and final.
Winning in the third round proper this season, when Premier League and Championship clubs entered the fray, saw clubs pocket £82,000. Every time a team wins an FA Cup tie, they get more prize money, which jumps exponentially with each new round.
Just by reaching the 2022 FA Cup final, clubs this season have earned £1.612m in prize money.
Winning the final alone is worth another £1.8m on top of that, which makes the total prize money for winning the 2021/22 FA Cup a handsome £3.412m. For the runner-up, losing the final is worth £900,000 on its own, meaning their total FA Cup earnings this season will be £2.512m.
Conversely, in the Women’s FA Cup, the low amount of prize money available has been heavily criticised in recent years.
In 2021/22, even the first round proper was only worth £850 for winners and £215 for losers. When WSL clubs entered at the fourth round, it was £2,000 for winners and £500 for losers. A top flight club reaching the final will have only pocketed a measly £14,000 en-route.
Winning the Women’s FA Cup final this season is worth £25,000, meaning total earnings for the winners of just £39,000, or £29,000 for the runners-up. But pressure on the FA has resulted in a big jump in the prize fund next season onwards, with a total of £3m to be divided among clubs.