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Top players call for equal prize money at Women’s World Cup

A fan holds up a sign in support of the USWNT's fight for equal pay at the 2020 SheBelieves Cup. (Ira L. Black/Getty Images)

Women’s soccer players are calling for equal conditions and prize money at the 2023 World Cup compared to the men’s tournament, The Wall Street Journal reported Tuesday.

Players from 25 national teams – including the USWNT and fellow previous World Cup winners Germany, Japan and Norway – signed a letter addressed to FIFA president Gianni Infantino last October. In the letter, global players’ union FIFPRO asks FIFA to enact proposals that help to “set a path for women’s footballers to have viable economic prospects through FIFA’s reach, resources, and already stated statutory commitments to nondiscrimination.”

The proposals in the letter, viewed by the Wall Street Journal, include the setting of equal regulations for the men’s and women’s World Cups, encompassing travel, delegation size, training facilities – as well as equal prize money.

Prize money for this year’s World Cup has yet to be announced, although Infantino has said it will be at least double the $30 million given in 2019. Last year’s men’s World Cup in Qatar had a prize pool of $440 million

Additionally, players asked FIFA to guarantee that at least 30% of the World Cup prize money will be given to players “so that our sport continues to develop professionally.”

Many players’ national federations do not have a deal in place that ensures players get a percentage of the prize money when they win. 

A FIFA spokesperson did not address the contents of the letter but told the Wall Street Journal in a statement: “Accelerating the growth and development of women’s football on and off the pitch is a top priority for FIFA. To do so, FIFA is investing significant time and resources in the following areas: reforming competitions; enhancing the game’s commercial value; modernizing women’s development programs; and, enhancing the professionalization of women’s football, both on and off the pitch.”