Soccer’s world body announced this Thursday that the total prize money for the tournament, which takes place from July 20 to August 20 in Australia and New Zealand, will be 152 million dollars (141.8 million euros)which is three times more than the 2019 edition and ten times more than the 2015 edition.
Apart from this amount, the big news lies in the fact that part of this envelope ($1.56 million) is intended to guarantee bonuses for each player, rather than allowing federations to use them as they wish. Which means that each of the 736 participants will receive a minimum of 30,000 dollars (about 28,000 euros)regardless of the ranking of his team.
The amount was increased to 60,000 dollars for the eighth finalists, 90,000 for the quarter-finalists, 165,000 for the losers of the small final, 180,000 for the third-placed, 195,000 for the finalists and 270,000 (about 251 million euros) for future world champions. By comparison, the average annual fee of a professional player was €13,000 in 2022, according to a Fifa study.
“Towards greater gender equality”
“They listened to the players’ voices, and we took a step towards greater gender equality at the highest level of our sport”, the union FIFPro was pleased in a press release, recalling last fall’s mobilization of more than 150 international representatives in order to allocate at least 30% of the federations’ allocation directly to the players.
In addition to a “performance-based fund” ($110 million) for participating nations, Fifa will distribute $30.7 million for tournament preparation and $11.5 million to clubs that release their internationals.