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 15 October

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