He had announced it, promised, when he was elected. Last March, during his acceptance speech, Gianni Infantino pledged to triple the prize money for this summer's Women's World Cup compared to the previous tournament in 2019 in France. The FIFA boss has kept his commitment.
The world football body confirmed on Thursday in a statement that the overall prize fund of the Women's World Cup, which will be held in Australia and New Zealand from July 20 to August 20, will reach the record amount of $ 152 million, 141.8 million euros. A sum, ten times more than that of the 2015 World Cup in Canada, which will be distributed to the players.
The 736 participants in the tournament will receive at least $ 30,000 each (28,00 euros), an unprecedented guarantee welcomed by the FIFPro players' union even if we are still far from parity with men. For the World Cup in Qatar, FIFA's envelope was $ 440 million (about 417 million euros) to be distributed among its 32 participants in the final phase.
The main novelty of this announcement is to reserve part of this envelope for the remuneration of each player, rather than letting the participating federations use the prize - at least $ 1.56 million (1.46 million euros) guaranteed to each of the 32 qualified nations - entirely as they see fit.
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The players eliminated in the group stage will receive $30,000, an amount increased to $60,000 for the eighth-finalists, 90,000 for the quarter-finalists, 165,000 for the losers of the small final, 180,000 for the third-place finishers, 195,000 for the finalists and 270,000 for the future world champions.
By comparison, FIFA recalls that, in its 2022 study on the salaries of professional players, the average annual remuneration was $ 14,000 (13,000 euros).
"They listened to the voice of the players, and we took a step towards greater gender equality at the highest level of our sport," the FIFPro union said in a statement, recalling the mobilization last fall of more than 150 internationals to ensure that at least 30% of the allocation to federations is directly allocated to female players.
In addition to the "performance-based fund" ($110 million) for participating nations - federations and players - FIFA will distribute $30.7 million for tournament preparation and $11.5 million for clubs that release their internationals.
However, other cases remain to be resolved for the instance. A few weeks before the start of the event, it has still not found a broadcaster for its World Cup in many countries including the France.