Thirty-two women’s national football teams take to the field in preparation for the 2023 Women’s World Cup. The teams will compete for a prize pool of $152 M, four times more than in 2019 but still far less than what was offered at the World Cup Tournament For men in Qatar last year.
FIFA confirmed during a conference held in Kigali, Rwanda, the allocation of $152 M for the Women’s World Cup. The total number will be divided between $110 M for the prizes, with the rest allocated to the teams in preparation for their matches.
President of FIFA, Gianni Infantino, stated: As we said before, we aim to achieve equal pay for men and women; FIFA delivers on its promises with actions, not just empty words.
Last October, an association of 25 national teams sent a letter to FIFA demanding equal prize money for the World Cup.
The group stressed the importance of achieving full equality; they wrote: This move demonstrates the players’ and FIFA’s intent to work proactively in pursuit of greater fairness and gender equality in this field.
In a statement, The Fédération Internationale des Associations de Footballeurs Professionnels (FIFPRO) hailed the increase in value and backed up their demands for full equality.
The prize pool for the competing men’s teams totaled $440 M in Qatar last year. FIFA officials expected the prizes for each World Cup to be equal in the 2027 Women’s World Cup.
The 2023 Women’s World Cup begins next July in Australia and New Zealand. The evening matches will be broadcast earlier in the day in Europe due to the time difference, as it will be difficult for some people to watch.
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