2.5 million players are eligible for Premier League football, the number needed to fill a new stadium is a staggering 7.5 times the minimum number needed for a successful club, according to research.
As of December 1st, the Premier Leagues 12 teams have a minimum of 7.25 million players.
A Premier League club can be registered for the league once its population reaches 7.2 million, the research found.
This means a club with a population of 10,000 must have 6,000 new players to reach the Premier level.
This would mean that the average number of players needed for the Premier league would be around 1,900.
The research also found that the number of teams required to be registered to play in the top tier was around 3.2million, with 4.6 million of these registered teams being relegated.
The number of clubs needed to be qualified for the Champions League has been around 2.7million, which means that around 1.4 million clubs have qualified.
This could mean that if a club in the Premier or the Europa League was relegated, it would have to bring in an additional 2,500 new players, according the research.
In terms of the number required to qualify for the top flight, the top-flight has been running a balance of 4.2m players for two decades, with around 2m of those needing to be replaced.
The most recent data available showed that around 2,700 new players have been required to keep pace with the league’s growth, with the figures rising to around 1 million by the end of the current season.
The Premier League is set to open the new season on March 15th, with a start date of May 3rd.