Level Wages League

By After the flood

Is your club living within its means or is it trying to buy the title? The Level Wages League is a fairer look at football. What happens when we adjust a club’s league points taking into account their wage bill, leveling the playing field for the smaller, more frugal or more canny organisations?

2019–20 season, week ending 11 February

Club
(league pos.)
Wages (£m) LWL Rank
Sheffleld United (6) Sheffleld United (6) SHU (6)
19 1
Wolverhampton Wanderers (8) Wolverhampton Wanderers (8) WOL (8)
50.7 2
Leicester City (3) Leicester City (3) LEI (3)
119 3
Liverpool (1) Liverpool (1) LIV (1)
264 4
Burnley (11) Burnley (11) BUR (11)
82 5
Newcastle United (13) Newcastle United (13) NEW (13)
94 6
Brighton and Hove Albion (15) Brighton and Hove Albion (15) BRH (15)
78 7
Aston Villa (17) Aston Villa (17) AVA (17)
73.1 8
Tottenham Hotspur (5) Tottenham Hotspur (5) TOT (5)
148 9
Southampton (12) Southampton (12) SOU (12)
113 10
Norwich City (20) Norwich City (20) NOR (20)
54.3 11
Watford (19) Watford (19) WAT (19)
86 12
Everton (9) Everton (9) EVE (9)
145 13
Crystal Palace (14) Crystal Palace (14) CRY (14)
117 14
AFC Bournemouth (16) AFC Bournemouth (16) BOU (16)
102 15
West Ham United (18) West Ham United (18) WHU (18)
107 16
Manchester City (2) Manchester City (2) MCI (2)
260 17
Chelsea (4) Chelsea (4) CHE (4)
246 18
Arsenal (10) Arsenal (10) ARS (10)
240 19
Manchester United (7) Manchester United (7) MUN (7)
296 20

Methodology

To determine each team’s Level Wages rank After the flood take that team’s current points total and their annual wage bill*. Each of these is normalised and weighted to allow us to combine them into a final score for each club which we use to create a new ranking. The weighting determines the degree to which teams with lower wage bills are favoured.

Weighting options for level wages league

As it stands we weight performance and wage bills equally in the calculation. As the season progresses we hope to add features which allow users to adjust the ranking scheme themselves.

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About After the flood

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* We use the most recent available wage bills, those for 2017–18 season. When new data becomes available – we expect 2018–19 data around March 2020 – we’ll use this in our model. Whilst we’d love to use more up-to-date information we feel that as clubs wage bills relative to one another tend not to vary much older data is an acceptable proxy for the time being, it’s just a bit of fun ⚽