The Prize Money for Women's World Cup Soars by 300% to $150M

March 16,2023 : The prize money for this year’s Women’s World Cup has been increased by 300% to $150 million, marking a significant rise from the $30 million fund for the 2019 edition. The move comes as FIFA President Gianni Infantino pledges his support for equal pay and respect for female players. Infantino has set the target of equal prize money for men and women at their next World Cups, to be held in 2026 and 2027, respectively. However, with the 32 men’s teams have shared $440 million at the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, this will be a challenging task.

Infantino has also expressed his frustration with broadcasters who are offering little for the TV rights of the women’s tournament, calling for a fairer deal. FIFA will not sell the broadcast rights for the tournament in Australia and New Zealand at the current prices offered by broadcasters, some of whom are public service channels funded by taxpayers. Infantino insists that women’s soccer deserves greater respect and recognition and that FIFA is committed to supporting and fighting for female players.