Europa Conference League prize money: How much Aston Villa will earn if they beat Lille

Unai Emery, Manager of Aston Villa, reacts during the Premier League match between Arsenal FC and Aston Villa at Emirates Stadium on April 14, 2024 in London, England. 

Aston Villa still have work to do to progress into the Europa Conference League semi-finals as they face Lille for the second leg of their quarter-final on Thursday night, leading 2-1 on aggregate.

Unai Emery’s side have managed to juggle their European commitments with their quest for a top four spot in the Premier League. Following their emphatic play-off victory over Hibs in the summer, Villa suffered a brief stumble in their opening group game away at Legia Warsaw but responded well to top Group E.

That helped set up a mouth-watering tie with Ajax - whom Villa previously faced in the UEFA Cup back in 2008 - after the Dutch giants finished third in their Europa League group and overcame Bodo/Glimt in the play-off round. After a 0-0 draw in Amsterdam, Villa thrashed the Dutch giants 4-0 at Villa Park last month.

Ahead of the club's quarter-final second leg against Lille, here's a closer look at the prize money on offer if Villa continue their European adventure.

After overcoming their qualification play-off with Hibs, Villa initially earned €2.94m (£2.5m) for reaching the group stages. Emery’s team were subsequently rewarded with performance-related bonuses of €500k for a win and €166k for a draw during the group stages, helping to add another €2.166m (£1.85m) to the club’s coffers (P6 W4 D1 L1).

Finishing as group winners saw Villa receive another €650k (£554k) while playing in the round of 16 will bring an additional €600k (£512k). That took the club’s prize money to a total of €6.35m (£5.42m), plus their portion of the global €23.5m (£20m) in global TV revenue.

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Then, victory over Ajax across two legs saw Villa pocket another €1m (£850k) for reaching the quarter-finals. If Villa were to avoid defeat to Lille this week and reach the semi-finals, the prize money would be doubled to €2m (£1.7m).

Both clubs in the Europa Conference League final will receive €3m (£2.56m), with the winners earning an additional €2m (£1.7m). It means that Villa could potentially earn up to €14.35m (£12.25m) in prize money - plus their split of TV revenue - if Emery can guide Villa to a European trophy.

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