The winners of this year’s Carabao Cup are set to receive prize money that is equivalent to being 18 times less than what the winners of the FA Cup will receive.
Recent findings from The Athletic have revealed that the winners of the Carabao Cup will receive just £100,000, while the winners of the FA Cup will take home £1.8 million.
Although the Carabao Cup is commonly considered to be the lesser of two English domestic trophies (PS100,000 for the winners), the difference between them is simply staggering.
The trophy would be retained by current holders Manchester City, who have won it four times. However, history would favor them to do so. They would need to win it every 18 years for an equivalent amount of prize money as the FA Cup.
Even if the sport is switched, a team would need 18 wins to reach the same level as Emma Raducanu’s victory at the US Open.
It’s no surprise that some fans don’t like the competition with such numbers.
The competition is devalued by bigger teams playing younger players in the early rounds to protect their squads for larger competitions. Smaller clubs are not given the chance to win the competition because most of them are either out of the league or are unable to compete against the remaining Premier League giants.
A solution for all teams and stakeholders is needed if the Carabao Cup is going to be taken more seriously in the future, along with a bigger prize pot.