According to information from L’Equipe, the salary cap will remain set at 10.7 million euros next season in the Top 14.
Since 2010, the Top 14 clubs have been forced to respect a salary cap, that is to say a maximum payroll not to be exceeded each season, in order to avoid “wage inflation and an imbalance in the championship”. For the 2022-23 season, this salary cap, which started at 8.1 million euros in 2010, has been set at 10.7 million euros per club, and next season it should not change. In any case, this is what reveals The team this Tuesday, after having learned of the decision taken by the steering committee of the National Rugby League, which met Monday in Paris. Club representatives had the choice between keeping this limit of 10.7 million, or lowering it by 300,000 euros, to reach 10.4 million. They came out in favor of the first solution. For the 2024-25 season, the total payroll should not change either. For comparison, the salary cap in the English championship (in financial difficulty for several months) has been set this season at 5.59 million euros.
A steadily declining salary cap
Since 2020, the salary cap has been constantly decreasing, since it has gone from 11.3 million to 10.7 million euros. At the time, all the clubs, which were then in the midst of the covid period, had voted in favor of the drop, except Toulon. Now fixed, the clubs will be able to complete their recruitment for next season and ensure that they are in the nails. According to figures published by The team last summer, each Top 14 club averaged 37.6 players under contract per season. This implementation of the salary cap seems in any case to have allowed the French championship to balance itself. Since the 2010-11 season, no less than seven different clubs have lifted the Shield of Brennus.