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Every Matildas World Cup squad member is guaranteed be paid at least $45,000 for their participation in next month’s tournament and would earn $402,000 each for winning it on home soil.
For the first time in history, FIFA will allocate players individual fees, the figures of which far exceed many players’ club salaries and increase as the team progresses.
The remuneration starts at US$30,000 ($45,000) per player for group-stage participation and rises with each stage. The winning team’s players will receive US$270,000 ($402,000).
On top of this, FIFA will increase funding to the participating member associations which they can also use to cover World Cup-related costs and then use anything left over for domestic development.
The nations of a team which reaches the group stage will receive $US1.6 million, with the sum increasing to $US4.3 million for the winners.
The windfall is considered large even for well-funded countries such as many in Europe and reigning champions the United States, but will be appreciated most by first-time participants including Haiti, Panama, the Philippines and Zambia.
Collective player action has ensured far greater compensation for Australia’s national team.Credit: Ryan Pierse/Getty
Overall, the total $US152 million in FIFA prizemoney at the expanded 32-team tournament far outweighs the total $US30 million shared by the 24 teams at the 2019 Women’s World Cup.
However, it remains well short of the $440 million that the world governing body dished out for the 2022 men’s World Cup in Qatar.
The move has been praised by the global players’ union, FIFPro, as the “outcome of tremendous global collective action by over 150 national team players” and then months of “constructive negotiation with FIFA”.
It follows a letter sent to FIFA president Gianni Infantino, and signed by those players, late last year calling for greater commitments to professionalising the Women’s World Cup and a demonstration it was moving towards equal prizemoney.
In the letter, they stated that prizemoney “heavily impacts how countries will disproportionately prioritise their efforts to support the men’s national team over the women’s national team”.
“It also perpetuates the attitude of women’s football being a ‘cost’ rather than a contributor to football in some parts of the world,” it continued.
“This is because the same effort and achievement do not yield the same reward. We want our performance to matter, to be significant not only for us but for the entire football family in our countries and around the world.”
According to FIFA’s 2022 benchmarking report, the average salary of those female players who are paid is $US14,000.
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