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To get into a Premier League match, expect to pay something along the lines of £40 to £60 — if you manage to get them from the club, which is tough. More on that in a bit.

Over the last year, the Pound has averaged around $1.30, so we’re talking $50 to $80.

In the Championship (second tier of leagues), I typically pay about 30 quid (40 bucks), and it’s lower than that in lower leagues.

For Cup games (see below), I have seen them as low as 10 pounds ($12), and sometimes for Cups they run a “kids for a quid” thing that makes for a real family atmosphere.

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This is the simplest and most obvious route for tickets, but there are still some things to know, like how clubs allocate tickets. Basically, they start with season ticket holders, then members (more on that in a moment), then the general public gets a shot. But many games never even make it to the “general sale” stage — especially at the big Premier League clubs.

It basically depends on which club you’re dealing with, and whom they’re playing. Teams have tiers of games with different pricing and requirements for each. For example, if Manchester City are playing Manchester United, there’s no way that game goes on sale to the general public; there just won’t be any tickets left after season ticket holders and members get their shot. And even for those folks, the price will be higher, and there will be a lower ticket-per-person limit, than if City were playing someone like Burnley. If you’re determined to see one of these higher-level games involving top clubs, even a membership probably won’t get you in, so you’ll be dealing with a broker or hospitality package (see below).

Many clubs also have a ticket exchange on their website, allowing season ticket holders who can’t make a game resell their tickets to paid club members.

Very few games outside the Premier League sell out, so buying straight from the club is the way to go.

Ticket tip: If you’re buying from a club, it’s critical to pay attention to on-sale dates. has a ticket-status page for each game, but all they do is direct you to the club sites. Once at the club site, you’ll need to look for the “general sale” date for your match and jump on it that day, keeping in mind the different time zones.

One of the many things England has that the U.S. doesn’t is paid club memberships. This is where you pay an annual fee for various perks like the club newsletter, a trinket of some sort, a loyalty-points account … and access to buy tickets before the “general sale” date. There are different levels at each club, and from what I’ve seen you can expect to pay around $50 per season for this. Some of them have a cheaper international or “lite” membership that gets you a chance to buy tickets for one or two games.

Paying $50 just for the chance to maybe buy a ticket may seem silly, but I worked for two years to get any ticket to Liverpool, and I finally (barely) got tickets to a League Cup game. I now have a membership so that at least I get credit for these purchases!

Find out more about memberships and when you may need them.

Ticket tip: Check on international memberships if you’re only trying to get into one game, or “lite” memberships if you don’t care about stuff like their annual gift.

All clubs have various levels of suite/box experience available — at a cost, of course. These generally include some combination of food, beverages, hotel and stadium tour. They range from maybe $100 or less at a small club to $400-500 (and up) at bigger clubs and at fixtures like the FA Cup Final or Champions League games.

Find out more about hospitality packages.

Ticket tip: Groundhopper Guides is an official reseller of hospitality packages for many clubs in England and Europe. Get in touch for a quote!

If you’re determined, say, to get into Old Trafford to see Manchester United, you probably won’t care who they’re playing. Unless you’re loaded with cash you won’t see them play Liverpool or Chelsea, but you have a decent chance at some of the lower-level games.

One thing to watch for here is Cup games. (Here’s a quick introduction to the leagues and cups of English soccer). They tend to be, at least in earlier rounds, against smaller opponents. I got killer seats at Old Trafford (for about $50) for a League Cup game on a Tuesday night in January. It was a semifinal leg, but it was the David Moyes season, and the fans were losing faith. Also, the opponents were Sunderland, not one of the heavyweights of the sport.

Another fun thing about Cup games is that there will be more away fans, due to Cup rules. So when I saw Sunderland win that game at Man U, instead of the usual 3,000 away fans at a League game, there were 9,000 delirious Sunderland fans in the end having the time of their lives.

There are also European competitions, but those are tough tickets indeed. For a whole discussion of the leagues and cups of English football, see the link above.

Ticket tip: Pay attention to when the draws for each round are announced, usually right after the previous round is finished. Set up Google News Alerts for “fa cup draw” and “efl cup draw” to make sure you know about them. Or just check in regularly at for the FA Cup and for what everybody calls the League Cup.

If you’re like me and don’t care about seeing only the top teams, you should definitely consider going to a Football League game instead of a Premier League game. English football is arranged in a pyramid, with the Premier League at the top with 20 teams; under that, in three leagues of 24 each, are the Championship, League One, and League Two – collectively called the Football League.

Learn more about all the lower-league clubs in and around London.

All of these are much easier, and cheaper, tickets to get – unless you’re talking about a rivalry game (aka a “derby”), a big Cup game, or a late-season game with major consequences in the table (standings).

For example, if you’re going to London and want to catch a game, any game, there are:

I created this Google Map of the top six tiers of leagues around the UK; zoom in on London to see what I’m talking about.

We haven’t even talked about National League teams, but let’s keep it fairly simple for now. The same situation is true of other big cities like Manchester and Birmingham, so don’t limit yourself to just the Premier League. In many ways, I find the Football League to be a more enjoyable experience, with smaller stadiums and longtime dedicated fans.

Sometimes the best way to get in is with the visiting team. For example, in my quest to see a game at Liverpool, I might decide to buy tickets from West Bromwich Albion when they are playing there. And this might work. But one of my rules for attending English soccer games is “Don’t sit with the away fans unless you’re one of them.” I’m not quite that strict about it, but in my experience, the away fans tend to be the hard-core ones, and life in the away end can get quite rowdy. But getting away tickets can be hard, so don’t get your hopes up.

I had a great time with the Sunderland people at Chelsea, but I had friends in there, and Sunderland won – which brings me to another rule, “Don’t show your away colors outside the stadium.”

Related: Is it Safe to go to English Soccer Games?

Let’s get this term out of the way first: a tout in England is a scalper in the States. I have no experience with them in person, and I really don’t intend to. Still, I have researched third-party websites just a little.

I would start with the standard “safe ticket buying” link on the Premier League website, where you can also see the latest on tickets for each fixture. They also have a list there of unauthorized reselling websites.

As for “legit” websites, near as I can tell, that list includes Viagogo, which has official relationships with some of the clubs, and Stubhub (ditto). However, these sites are also well-known for being used by touts to sell tickets, so buyer beware.

Esther Lincoln
Answer # 2 #

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Answer # 3 #

When I first began planning a soccer trip to the United Kingdom in the summer of 2019, I had no idea how to buy Premier League tickets, especially from the U.S.

I’m used to the typical ticket-buying channels seen across North American sports. The teams sell tickets to their home games, yes, but a buyer’s first instinct often is to check Ticketmaster or some other independent outlet. And then there’s the secondary market — StubHub, SeatGeek and the like — where bargains can often be found and last-minute tickets are nearly always available.

It’s understandable that the market for soccer tickets in England is not like that, but before attempting to secure tickets myself, I didn’t understand how different it would be.

The major clubs have strict control over the sale of their match tickets — and understandably so, because demand can often be through the roof. After all, we’re talking about some of the world’s most followed sports teams here.

I have navigated the murky waters of trying to buy Premier League tickets on two separate occasions. I was all set to attend two matches — a Tottenham Hotspur fixture in the Premier League, as well as Manchester City’s showdown with Real Madrid in the Champions League quarterfinals.

That trip was scheduled for March 2020, though, and I don’t think I have to tell you why I had to abruptly cancel it.

However, I am now set to return to England next month, just as the new Premier League season is beginning, and I have tickets to THREE matches in hand!

Now, I feel I have a good grasp on how to get into some of the UK’s most popular football grounds, which I’ll outline below. Make no bones about it — it can be a time-consuming, sometimes frustrating and possibly expensive exercise.

But if you truly want to buy Premier League tickets, persistence is the name of the game. Here are some tips for getting into your preferred matches.

If you’re like me (or most people, I’d imagine), you choose the dates in which you want to travel based on your schedule with work, school or other obligations, and then once that timeframe is set, then you go about seeing what events might be happening at your destination during that time.

First off, you have to make sure your dates fall within the normal soccer season in England. The Premier League season typically runs from the second weekend in August to the middle of May, while Champions League matches throughout Europe coincide with this timeframe and typically culminate in the final in late May or early June.

In English football, there are also domestic competitions, namely the FA Cup and Carabao Cup (aka League Cup), that coincide with the Premier League season.

Summertime is typically reserved for international competitions (the World Cup or European Championships, for example). If your visit is in late July or early August, close to the start of the new Premier League season, you may also have opportunities to watch preseason friendlies.

It stands to reason that if you’re in the U.S., finding a game for which to buy tickets is as simple as looking at a schedule for the Premier League, or the Champions League bracket, but it’s not that simple.

When the Premier League releases its fixtures for the upcoming season (usually in June), matches are divided into “matchweeks” and scheduled for the Saturday of that week at 3 p.m. British time.

However, only some matches will wind up being played at that time; others — mainly ones involving popular clubs that visitors would often like to see — will get moved up to Friday, or back to Sunday or Monday, and kickoff times usually change as well. This is done to accommodate TV (not unlike the NFL “flexing” a game into the coveted Sunday night time slot), and also to allow clubs to participate in matches for other competitions.

It makes things tricky, though, for the traveler from the USA or elsewhere who wants to buy tickets for matches a few months ahead. In the Premier League, fixture times are set in stages, and for a couple months at a time. In the case of my first trip, I had to wait until late January to find out exactly when my target matches in mid-March would take place.

The Premier League usually sets a schedule for when fixture times will be announced, so it’s worth following them on Twitter or another social media platform to stay abreast of announcements. Similarly, it’s worth keeping an eye on dates for Champions League draws, but at least match dates for every stage known before each year’s tournament begins.

So how, exactly, do you buy tickets for the Premier League from the U.S.? Well, it all begins with the individual clubs. Once you’ve identified a match that you want to attend, you should then check out the ticket-buying procedures put in place by the home club in question.

You’ll quickly discover, though, that for some Premier League clubs — at least, the ones you routinely see near the top of the table — buying a club membership is required to even get into the team’s ticket portal.

For a yearly fee, a membership gets you perks including gifts, team store discounts and exclusive access to club-produced content, but it also gives you the opportunity to buy tickets when they go on sale.

Each club controls its supply for matches regardless of what competition they’re for, be it a “regular” league match or for the Champions League, Europa League, FA Cup, and so on.

My original plans in 2020 included one Premier League match (Tottenham Hotspur vs. West Ham at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium) and one Champions League game (Manchester City vs. Real Madrid at the Etihad Stadium), so I bought memberships for both Spurs and Man City.

This time around, the schedule gave me opportunities to see Tottenham, Manchester United and Arsenal. So yes, I bought memberships for all three clubs — for myself and my wife, as every individual who wishes to attend a match needs his or her own membership.

Note that some teams structure their member ticket-buying rules differently. Some, like Manchester City, allow members to purchase multiple tickets under a single membership. But many, such as Tottenham, require each ticketholder to hold an individual membership. When I bought tickets for my original trip from the USA, I needed one Man City membership for the scheduled Champions League match but two for Tottenham so that I could buy a pair of tickets for the league fixture.

So yeah, it can get a little convoluted. But if you’re a fan of a specific club and want to follow them around, then it gets much simpler. Buy the one membership and then you’ll have access to tickets for that team’s road matches, as well — as you may know, European soccer stadiums all have designated visiting supporter sections.

Also, know that for the most popular clubs in England — in my experience, this includes Manchester United, Liverpool and Chelsea — the demand for tickets makes obtaining them on a single-match basis a challenge, and seniority (as in, how long you’ve held a membership and how many matches you’ve attended) is a primary factor in how clubs allow access to tickets.

If you really want to see a home match for one of these clubs without the hassle of competing with longtime fans, feel free to skip ahead to Step 5.

Once you have your memberships, then there’s nothing left but to buy the tickets. There’s a unique challenge to this, though, as online ticket sales in Britain are conducted similarly to in the USA, but the time difference can make for some early wake-up calls.

To buy tickets for both matches in the spring of 2020, I woke up at 2 a.m. Pacific time (I live in Southern California) in order to secure seats. I was successful on both counts, so it was worth it.

That experience made me confident that I would score tickets fairly easily for my second go-round this summer. But I failed to take into account the increased demand that comes with start-of-season excitement. For each of the three matches I targeted, I woke up in the middle of the night to buy tickets in the initial single-match release … and struck out each time.

At that point, it pays to know what alternatives you have. Each club has a ticket-resale scheme in place, which allows season-ticket holders to resell tickets they won’t use back to the club. It works similarly to Ticketmaster’s NFL Ticket Exchange, but with one key difference: The resale price is not set according to demand, making them affordable — that is, if you can get your hands on them.

In the case of the Spurs match I wanted to attend, it took three days of constantly checking the ticket portal, waiting for A) a pair of tickets to be listed, and B) moving quickly enough to beat everyone else lurking on the site for tickets. But I finally secured my two tickets, and at £60 per ticket (plus small fees), it wasn’t too bad.

Once you have your tickets in hand, pay attention to each club’s policy on how they distribute tickets. In the case of Spurs, you’re sent a unique mobile pass that signifies you’re a member AND you have a ticket for a particular match. Manchester City mailed their tickets to me, and so even though I didn’t get to use it, I got a nice little souvenir.

OK, you bought the membership and struck out during the various ticket on-sales, or you’ve decided last-minute to try and see a high-demand match, or you really, REALLY want to see a match at Anfield or Stamford Bridge and it’s proving nearly impossible. What to do?

There is one fool-proof alternative: the hospitality package. They don’t come cheap (think somewhere between £300 and £500 per person depending on the club and the match), but anyone can buy them regardless of membership status, and they come with perks such as a catered meal, a stadium tour or merchandise discounts.

Every club offers them, and if you really are that set on seeing the match you want and money is no object, well, buying a hospitality package will certainly help you achieve that goal.

One thing I would NOT advise is going through the secondary market. The English clubs tend to offer some stern warnings about not accepting tickets bought second-hand, going so far as to claim popular portals like StubHub are blacklisted.

I’m sure people do get in with second-hand tickets, or tickets bought on the street, all the time. And I have come across secondary English football ticket sites that appear reputable enough, and probably are considered reliable by many customers.

But if you’re visiting from outside the UK, would you want to spend that kind of money, come all that way and then find out at the gate that your tickets are no good?

Congratulations! You made it! Taking in an international sporting event is a favorite pastime for me, and one I’m thrilled to take advantage of now that I’m finally getting my chance to go to England.

Graham dcwlacjq
Answer # 4 #

If you are looking to buy tickets for matches in the Premier League you should buy them directly from Premier League Clubs.You can purchase tickets safely from official Club websites or the ticket office, in person or over the phone.Clubs will also provide details of any authorised ticket partners on their official website. You can visit the Club websites via our Club Profile pages (or click on the Club crests at the top of this page).A "ticket tout" (also known as a "scalper") sells match tickets without authorisation, often at vastly inflated prices.

Touts no longer just sell tickets outside the stadium, they also sell them (and aid unauthorised sales by others) on websites and online marketplaces.

If you buy tickets from an unauthorised source, whether that be an unauthorised website, an online marketplace or a ticket tout outside the ground, you risk not being given entry to the match and losing the money you paid.

Tickets sold by touts are likely to become void and do not give you the right to enter the stadium to watch the match, or can you lead to you being removed from the stadium.

Other clubs have cancelled thousands of memberships for fraudulent ticketing activity.

People buying from ticket touts have experienced the following:

Please note, if a ticket is packaged with hospitality, travel and/or accommodation that does not mean that the seller is authorised to sell such packages with tickets included.

What to look out for

If you are in any doubt, check with the Club before purchasing tickets.

Click here for a list of known unauthorised ticket websites.

How you can help

Buying from unauthorised sources can leave real fans out of pocket, or, worse still, outside the stadium on matchday unable to watch their team.

If you have suffered a negative experience, or have information on unauthorised ticketing activities that you wish to share in confidence, please contact us by email:

We want you to enjoy your match experience in comfort and safety and to ensure that the ticket you buy is genuine.

You can guarantee you are obtaining official match tickets by always purchasing directly from Premier League Clubs.

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