KIGALI, Oct 27: FIFA will raise the prize money for the Women’s World Cup from $15 million to $30 million starting with next year’s edition in France, president Gianni Infantino announced on Friday, though critics at once stated the extend was no longer enough.
Following a FIFA council meeting in Rwanda, the Swiss-Italian also said that $20 million would be made available for pre-tournament preparations, which means that $50 million in whole would be allocated throughout the 24 collaborating nations.
The prize money is double the amount awarded in the 2015 World Cup in Canada and for the first time clubs will be rewarded for their players taking phase in the tournament, as is the case in the men’s edition.
“It’s a very important message for women’s football. It will absolutely boost this World Cup even more,” Infantino informed a news conference.
However, global footballers’ union FIFpro said the adjustments were not adequate to redress the inequality between men’s and women’s soccer worldwide.
“FIFPro notes the willingness of FIFA to make bigger prize money for the Women’s World Cup and make structural upgrades to support women’s football. However, no matter these adjustments football stays even further from the goal of equality for all World Cup players regardless of gender,” a FIFpro assertion said.
“In reality, the changes absolutely signify an make bigger in the hole between men’s and women’s prize money. This regressive fashion appears to contravene FIFA’s statutory dedication to gender equality.
“We strongly support our members, women’s national-team gamers in multiple countries, who have written to FIFA in current days expressing their dismay about the distribution of prize money.”
Players’ unions in Australia, Norway, Sweden and New Zealand had written to world soccer’s governing physique to protest that even with women’s prize cash being doubled, the rewards in the men’s game still dwarf the new amounts.
The complete prize money for this year’s men’s World Cup in Russia was $400m, with champions France receiving $38m.
The letter from Australia’s PFA argued: “For the team stage alone, Socceroos gamers have shared $2.4 million for the FIFA World Cup Russia 2018, while the Matildas will solely share $0.225 million, much less than 10 percent.
“If the Matildas are to turn out to be World Champions, they will solely receive 50 percent of what the Socceroos obtained for qualifying for Russia.”
U.S. women, the world’s most successful squad and winners of three of the seven Women’s World Cups, additionally called for an expand in prize money.
“The USWNT Players Association is grateful for the girls and guys who tirelessly work on a day by day foundation to improve women’s football inside institutions like FIFA and U.S. Soccer, as properly as inside fellow unions like FIFPro and its members,” it stated in a statement.
“The common objective of all these establishments – each administration and labour – is subsequently to develop the game. Substantial investment is required to overcome generations of inequality and discrimination in the women’s game, to make soccer the world’s preeminent sport for female and girls.
“We are dedicated to … have continuous communicate around how FIFA and U.S. Soccer can fulfil their respective statutory duties of gender equality, which includes the prize money for the 2019 World Cup, which is an region we sense immediate and impactful investment can be made.”
Infantino said that FIFA used to be dedicated to persistently growing funding and noted the launch of a new approach for women’s soccer until now this month which included plans to strengthen the recreation in all 211 member associations.
“Clearly… we favor to make investments greater and earmark more for women’s soccer and no longer solely for the best 24 teams in the world who play the World Cup, for which we have accelerated significantly the allocations and prize monies, but we have a duty to do so all over the world,” he said.
“Also in these policies there are precise necessities for all associations in the world that in order to receive the fundamental grants they have to organise women’s competitions, otherwise they don’t get hold of these grants.”