Euro women’s football prize money doubles but only 4% of men’s
The prize money will double for the European Women’s Championship but will represent less than 4% of the wealth paid for the most recent men’s tournament.
UEFA’s European governing body announced on Thursday that the 16 women’s teams at Euro 2022 in England would split 16 million euros ($ 19 million), while 4.5 million euros (5 million dollars) will go to clubs that release their players.
The 24 teams in the European Men’s Championship have shared 371 million euros ($ 435 million) in UEFA prizes this year, but the clubs have also been guaranteed at least 200 million euros ($ 235 million) for the release of the players.
This means that at least 571 million euros ($ 670 million) is allocated in the financial package for the men’s tournament, only 20.5 million euros ($ 24 million) has been set aside for the women’s centerpiece. .
After the decision of its executive committee, UEFA said it was “making sure that more money than ever before is distributed in women’s football”. The committee includes only one woman – the general manager of the French Football Federation Florence Hardouin – alongside 19 men.
The prize money is a reflection of the disparities in the income generated by the male game compared to the female competitions.
The European Women’s Championship is being hosted by England next July after being delayed for a year due to the pandemic.
FIFA faces long-standing criticism for the funding inequality between men’s and women’s football.
The world governing body awarded $ 400 million in prizes to the 32 teams of the 2018 Men’s World Cup, including $ 38 million for the French champion. He awarded $ 30 million to the 24 teams at the 2019 Women’s World Cup, including $ 4 million to the Americans after their second straight title.
FIFA has raised the total to $ 440 million for the 2022 Men’s World Cup and is looking to double the women’s prize to $ 60 million for the 2023 Women’s World Cup expanded to 32 teams.