Once again, it is important to note that this is not a definitive list of all the countries in the world which air coverage of the Premier League, and that there are likely countries in the world where one could pay less or more to watch the Premier League than those listed here. It is a list of 25 noteworthy football-loving nations and the prices their citizens must pay to watch the Premier League.
These numbers are to reflect the cost of watching the entire 2022/23 Premier League campaign from start to finish. Of course, if you're reading this in February, you can watch the remainder of the season for much less. These are the prices which fans would have been looking at heading into the current campaign if they wanted to see as many Premier League games of the 2022/23 season in their countries.
This list provides the lowest possible annual cost of gaining access to as many Premier League matches as possible in a given market for the duration of the 2022/23 season. In some cases, it isn't possible to access every single Premier League match of the season. Ironically, this is the case in the UK, where the 3 pm blackout restricts fans from legally watching hundreds of matches per season. However, in the majority of countries, fans can pay to get all 380 matches of the season and choose which ones they want to enjoy each weekend.
In the case of some countries, a monthly subscription to a single live streaming platform is the cheapest way. In others, a fan must pay for as many as three different broadcasters to cover all of the different matches available. Fans living in countries where the rights space is dominated by big pay-TV broadcasters like Sky, beIN and Canal+ tend to get a rough deal, while those fortunate enough to live in places where the rights are owned by streamers like Viaplay, Star+ and other monthly subscription, OTT only platforms usually enjoy much more competitive prices.
Some broadcasters, which hold exclusive rights to the Premier League, require the consumer to sign a 12 month or 24 month contract to sign up, while others - especially streamers - can often be cancelled anytime, meaning a fan only needs to pay for the 10 month Premier League season and then cancel their membership during the summer off-season to save money. For example, fans living in countries where Viaplay hold the rights can subscribe for the 10 month season, then cancel over the summer, meaning the figure listed here is simply the cost of a monthly subscription multiplied by 10. Please bear this in mind when interpreting the data.
Some of the prices listed here are astronomically lower than others. It is important to take into account the average salary of people living in those places, and the availability of internet access and TV subscriptions. This index is purely designed to lay out the differences in price for comparison purposes. It does not suggest that watching Premier League football is necessarily easier from country to country. That would depend on the individual circumstances of the fan, and the overall socioeconomic situation in that region. Cost of living, average salaries and GDP play key roles in determining to what extent football fans can follow their favourite Premier League teams around the world.
After determining the absolute cheapest route to take, involving the fewest subscriptions possible, to gain access to the maximum number of games possible in all 25 countries, our team did the calculations to come up with a figure for watching the 2022/23 Premier League season in each country. Prices are listed in their original currencies and those prices are then automatically converted into GBP (British Pounds) for comparison purposes, taking into account currency exchange rates, which are updated daily.
It will likely come as no surprise but cause much consternation among British football fans to learn that the UK is the second most expensive place to access every available Premier League match of the season, which due to the 3 pm blackout is not even every match played. To do so in the absolute cheapest way possible, a fan must get a NOW monthly sports pass to access the Sky Sports matches at a lower price, a BT Sport monthly pass and also Amazon Prime Video, for the two months of the year in which they air Premier League matches. When the three subscriptions are added together, it's a huge cost, but there are currently no other deals which bring the three together at a cheaper price. Those few who have not yet used their Amazon free trial can shave off a little this way. However, regardless of whether a person is or isn't eligible for a free Amazon Prime trial, the annual cost of watching as many Premier League matches as possible in the UK is simply staggering. The alternative to the two monthly passes would be to sign up to an expensive bundle including internet, and that would cost more than getting the three separate subscriptions. Ironically, British fans pay almost double what American fans do to get access to less than half the matches.
However, the UK is pipped to the top of our chart by Norway. The Nordic country is the most expensive place on our list to watch the 2022/23 Premier League season. It is crucial to remember that average salaries are lower in the UK than Norway, where the quality of life is generally much higher and people tend to have more disposable income. This finding does demonstrate just how hugely popular the Premier League is in Norway, which may come as a surprise to some.
Unsurprisingly, some of the other most expensive countries on the index are Denmark, the United States and France, where salaries are generally high and football is either rapidly growing in popularity (in the case of the US) or has been a staple of life for generations.
At the other end of the spectrum, there is nowhere cheaper to watch the 2022/23 Premier League season than in India. The cost of following the entire campaign in India is around 95% less than it is in the United Kingdom. These numbers can fluctuate depending on exchange rates but generally India is a very good place to watch the Premier League price wise.
Other countries where salaries are typically lower on average, like Nigeria and South Africa, are not always blessed with the same low prices, with fans forced to pay for some surprisingly costly services in order to access the Premier League.
There are some rather shocking bargains out there. For access to the 2022/23 Premier League campaign in the football-mad Netherlands, an extremely wealthy country, to cost around 80% less than in the UK, give or take a few percentiles depending on the exchange rate on any given day, definitely left our analysts in shock. Of course, the Premier League is not the Dutch domestic league and not everyone will be automatically interested in it, but that price with Viaplay is very, very reasonable, and actually almost three times less than what the neighbouring French have to fork out to catch every game on Canal+. Another example of a standalone OTT platform providing value for money.
Canada and Australia also have surprisingly cheap offers for their Premier League fans. The game, and the league, is still developing in popularity in these markets, hence the relatively low prices, but these figures are still very, very encouraging for football fans in The Great White North or Down Under.
The Premier League Price Index is full of fascinating nuances and stories which might surprise you. If you found this interesting, check out our La Liga Price Index and Bundesliga Price Index