Nearly €500,000 for soccer prizes
The prize fund for the SSE Airtricity League Premier and First Divisions will be €475,500 for the 2016 season.
The twelve clubs in the SSE Airtricity League Premier Division - including Wexford Youths for the first time - will be competing for €371,500 in prize money ranging from €110,000 for the winners to €17,000 for the team finishing bottom of the table.
The breakdown of the Premier Division prize money is: 1, €110,000; 2, €55,000; 3, €35,000; 4, €25,000; 5, €21,000; 6, €19,500; 7, €18,500; 8, €18,000; 9, €18,000; 10, €17,500; 11, €17,000; 12, €17,000.
The eight clubs in the SSE Airtricity League First Division will be competing for a prize fund of €104,000 with the winners receiving €30,000 and the eighth-placed team collecting €8,000.
The 20 SSE Airtricity League clubs will be competing for a total domestic prize fund of €596,500 when the prize-money in the Irish Daily Mail FAI Cup, the EA Sports Cup and the Fair Play competition is added to the SSE Airtricity League prize fund.
The four clubs which qualify for the 2017-'18 UEFA club competitions will also share a minimum of €1.15m in prize-money, with the potential to earn more if they progress in either the Champions League or Europa League.
The breakdown of the minimum UEFA prize money is: UEFA Champions League, €550,000; UEFA Europa League, €200,000.
Incidentally, Mike Stanton from Wexford Youths' new principal sponsor, SBOBET.com, travelled from the UK to Ferrycarrig Park on Friday to attend the Premier Division season opener against Longford Town. Mike also generously handed over a cheque in the amount of €1,000 to the club's nominated charity, the Wexford Women's Refuge, before kick-off. Everybody at Wexford Youths F.C. and the Wexford Women's Refuge would like to thank Mike and all his colleagues at SBOBET for their generosity.