This year’s BBC Price of Football study looking at the average price of the cheapest match-day tickets in and around Europe, has once again left out both the Corbett Sports Welsh Premier League and Northern Ireland’s Danske Premiership.
The in-depth survey looks at the price of match-day tickets, season tickets, match programmes as well as club merchandise.
Titled the Price of Football, the survey is in its fourth year and is the largest study of its kind in Britain, covering 176 clubs across 11 division in British football and 31 clubs from 10 different leagues in Europe, however they do not cover 50% of the United Kingdom after opting against using data from the top Leagues in both Wales and Northern Ireland.
However, despite this, both the Swedish Allsvenkan League and the Norwegian Tippeligaen League have been included in the survey.
Chief Operating Officer at The New Saints Football Club, Ian Williams added that, ‘It is near enough impossible to find out any information about the WPL on the BBC website. It is extremely difficult for Wales to have it’s own identity when the BBC reinforces the stereotype that the only Welsh clubs are Swansea City, Cardiff City, Wrexham and Newport County.’
Williams, who is also a member on the FAW board pointed out that, ‘Although the Northern Irish League is broadcast on Sky Sports and the Welsh Premier League is broadcast on S4C, the coverage should be greater to reflect the quality of both Leagues, with clubs such as The New Saints and Cliftonville regularly participating in the UEFA Champions League.’
As the recent WPL Fans Survey concluded – the Corbett Sports WPL offers good value for money.
The most expensive ticket in the League is £9 and adult prices are as low as £5 at some other grounds.