So, how much did each U.S. player earn for winning the World’s Cup?

Lots of chatter about soccer’s gender gap in earnings … most of the analyses I’ve read are pretty confusing … lots of apples being compared to oranges.

So, let’s step back and ask a more basic question: how much did each of the women players earn for winning Le Coupe du Monde Femme?

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Let’s work through the numbers…

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According to documents obtained by The Guardian, the USWNT’s contract guarantees a player  $3,000 for each qualification game they win.  Those are the games that were played just to get to Paris.

The team won 5 qualifying games … so each player earned $15,000 … plus a $37,500 for qualifying for the World Cup.

Players making  final US World Cup roster earned a separate $37,500 bonus.

And, each player received $110,000 bonus for winning  win the World Cup.

So, that totals to $200,000 per player.

Plus….

The USWNT’s contract reportedly includes an agreement that each player be paid $60,869 for a four-game victory tour if the team wins the World Cup.

They did … so, bump the total to $260,869.

I know I’m old school, but that strikes me as more than chump change..

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P.S. In this year’s Women’s World Cup, 24 teams competed a share of $30 million in prize money from FIFA.

Note: FIFA’s prize kitty for the 2018  Men’s World Cup was $400 million in 2018.  More than 10 times the women’s prize pool.  

For winning the tourney, the US women’s team received $4 million of the $30 million prize from FIFA.

About 2/3s of the prize winnings went to the 23 players (i.e. their $110,000 victory bonus).

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