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 November

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