ZURICH, Jan 16 (Reuters) - Some key points from the annual report on European club soccer, based on the 2016 financial year, published by European soccer’s governing body UEFA on Tuesday:
* Revenues among Europe’s 700-odd top flight clubs totalled 18.5 billion euros ($22.6 billion) in 2016, compared to 16.9 billion in 2015. In 1996, they were 2.8 billion
* English clubs generated an average revenue of 244.4 millions euros each, the highest in Europe. The next highest revenues were in Germany, Spain, Italy, France and Russia. The lowest was in San Marino with 150,000 euros per club.
* The transfer window in the 2017 European summer featured record spending of nearly 5.6 billion euros, including six out of the top 20 transfer fees of all time.
* The report said European club football has become less reliant on donations and grants and other one-off revenues. Gate receipts are up seven percent, sponsorship and commercial revenue up 59 percent, television revenue up 64 percent, transfer income up 105 percent and UEFA prize money and solidarity payments up 106 percent.
* Players’ wages increased 8.6 percent, slightly below revenue growth. Wages represented 62 percent of clubs’ net costs. English clubs had the largest wages bills at an average of 153.9 million euros per club, more than double Germany, the next-biggest payers.
* Barcelona had the highest wage bill of any single club at 372 million euros.
* Austria has the most equal distribution of broadcast money with the top club earning 1.2 times the median club. England is next with 1.3. The corresponding figure for Italy is 3.3 and 4.1 for Spain while Portugal has the widest gap at 14.9.
* Television deals in the six biggest leagues generated 11 times the revenue of those in the other 48.
* The 12 largest European clubs have generated an increase of 1.58 billion euros in income from their sponsorship deals and commercial activities over the last two business cycles (2010-2016). This compares with an increase of 700 million euros for the rest of Europe’s top division clubs combined.
* Over the last six years, English Premier League clubs have increased their revenues by an average of 110 million euros per club. German clubs have added an average of 58 million euros per club, Spanish clubs 44 million euros and Italian and French clubs 21 million euros.
* The English Premier League has the highest proportion of foreign-owned clubs at 65 percent. Of the 18 clubs in Germany’s Bundesliga, only one is foreign-owned and 14 have no controlling party. Austria, Portugal, the Netherlands and Turkey are other leagues where it is common for clubs to have no controlling party. ($1 = 0.8177 euros) (Compiled by Brian Homewood, editing by Ed Osmond)