Football clubs invest heavily on players, stadiums and training facilities depending on the goals and objectives set by the board. The primary purpose of many clubs is to nurture emerging talents, create employment opportunities, and boost revenue channels and profits. There are football bodies that draft and enact rules that stipulate how the clubs operate and compete with other clubs. FIFA, which manages football at the international levels, outlines the number of clubs that play at the first tier of domestic leagues such as The English Premier League and Spanish La Liga.
The Point System
The football clubs are awarded points based on the number of wins, losses or draws. Subject to change in different countries, top tier leagues can have between 16 to 20 teams competing every season. At the end of every competitive season, the club with the highest points wins the respective domestic trophy. The top three or four clubs based on home country qualify for competing at the regional level with other top clubs. For example, the UEFA Champions League played by the top 3 or 4 clubs from European countries.
The bottom three football clubs with lower points are relegated to the second-tier division, while simultaneously promoting three teams to the first tier league. The clubs generate revenue through different avenues. They include sponsorship deals, sale of clubs merchandise, ticket sales during home matches, sale of players on loan or permanently, and advertisement during games.
Every player has a market value determined by their contribution to their club and country. Among the main factors considered include age, playing positions, growth of player in the future, and the input that guarantees positive results. Clubs are only allowed to buy, sell, or loan a player to another team during the transfer periods only as enacted by FIFA. Therefore, football clubs have to abide by all the laws as they quench for success and glory.