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Football Costs (796A/22)


This is an information request relating to the cost of policing Premier League football games.

Please include the information for the recent Premier League season, from 13th August 2021 to 22nd May 2022:

  • The total cost to the police force of policing Premier League matches. Please provide an estimate if an exact figure can’t be provided
  • The total funds received from Premier League clubs, the Premier League, the FA or any other external organisation as contributions for policing Premier League matches

Please express this in a way that makes it clear how much it cost the taxpayer for the police force to police Premier League football matches


Please find attached our response.

Every effort is made to ensure that the figures presented are accurate and complete. However, it is important to note that these data have been extracted from a number of data sources used by forces for police purposes. The detail collected to respond specifically to your request is subject to the inaccuracies inherent in any large scale recording system. As a consequence, care should be taken to ensure data collection processes and their inevitable limitations are taken into account when interpreting those data.

The figures provided therefore are our best interpretation of relevance of data to your request, but you should be aware that the collation of figures for ad hoc requests may have limitations and this should be taken into account when those data are used.

If you decide to write an article / use the enclosed data we would ask you to take into consideration the factors highlighted in this document so as to not mislead members of the public or official bodies, or misrepresent the relevance of the whole or any part of this disclosed material.