Every player at the 2023 Women’s World Cup will receive at least $30,000 in prize money from FIFA.
The move comes as part of FIFA’s plans to distribute some prize money directly to players rather than to national federations, as FIFA president Gianni Infantino pledged in March. Players have never before received direct funds from the women’s tournament.
Each player on the winning team at the 2023 World Cup will take home $270,000. The total prize pool for the tournament, which kicks off in Australia and New Zealand on July 20, is $110 million, a significant increase from the $30 million prize pool for the 2019 tournament.
The player payments could represent a substantial raise for some of the players at the tournament. The $30,000 minimum in prize money is more than the $14,000 average salary for club players around the world.
The prize pool still falls well short of the money available at the 2022 men’s tournament, which had a $440 million prize pool. But FIFA aims to have full pay equity by the 2026 and 2027 men’s and women’s World Cups, Infantino said in March.
The U.S. women’s national team did receive some of that money from the men’s tournament under its new collective bargaining agreement, which guarantees equal World Cup prize money for the USWNT and the USMNT.
The USMNT earned approximately $13 million for reaching the Round of 16 in Qatar. After factoring in the 10% given to U.S. Soccer, the USMNT and USWNT earned approximately $5.85 million each.
The winning team at the 2023 World Cup will take home $10.5 million. The USWNT won $4 million for its World Cup win in 2019, up from $2 million in 2015.