Footy clubs can’t buy success

New research shows pumping money into AFL clubs’ football departments only has a modest impact on team success.

The University of Melbourne study compared how much AFL clubs spent on their football departments and their results between 1994 and 2011. Over recent years, clubs which spent 10% above average on their football departments had a 7% greater chance of winning a premiership.

While spending only made up a small proportion of the variation in team performances, the impact of money is increasing. As a result, researcher Ross Booth said the AFL is correct to implement equalisation policies to address spending differences between clubs.

Read more at University of Melbourne