National League teams “agree prize-sharing deal”

All 12 Gibraltar National League teams are believed to have today agreed a prize-sharing deal, which will see prize money earned by the teams competing in Europe distributed among the whole league.

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The deal, which has reportedly been in the works for some time, would likely come into effect from next season, and would be a very welcome cash flow for some of Gibraltar’s less financially affluent sides, who have had to live on the breadline in recent years in order to survive. The exact specifics of the deal, such as how much of the prize money is shared, and how it is distributed, is believe to have not yet to be ironed out though, and this is expected to be done in the coming weeks.

Prize-sharing of some sort has been a much-called for move among local footballing circles, with some calling for it ever since Gibraltar joined UEFA, and the startling statistic that of the 24 teams in Gibraltar since the 2012/13 season, some 11 of them have either been disbanded or gone out of business, will have only strengthened the movement for this prize-sharing to be agreed. In fact, the National League losing four teams last season (Gib United, Gib Phoenix, Leo & Olympique) will also have been thought about when signing this deal.

More information is expected to be revealed in the coming weeks about this agreement, which FG will bring you news about as and when it becomes available.