All eyes will be on stars like Alex Morgan and Megan Rapinoe, both of whom have helmed the ranked at the top USWNT through the international soccer tournament, as they once again fight for World Cup glory. But you might be wondering: how much money would the U.S. women’s soccer team make to win the World Cup?
You see, it is evident that the best female soccer players in the world have dedicated their lives to soccer, and that they are as talented and worked as hard as any athlete on the planet. Yet they are not paid as much as other professional athletes. Female tennis stars earn more than their soccer counterparts, and great male athletes make a lot more money than women in almost every field.
Thus, questions remain as to their remuneration. Are the best female footballers rich? How much do members of the United States Women’s National Team earn? How much are the World Cup prizes at stake during this summer’s tournament in France? How much do the other best female footballers in the world earn? And why is there such a huge pay gap when you compare the salaries of the pros and the World Cup bonuses for the best male and female footballers in the world?
Here’s everything we know about the money female World Cup players make – throughout the 2019 tournament in France and as professional footballers the rest of the year.
The richest football players – men and women
Professional female athletes, and the United States National Women’s Football Team in particular, have been fight for equal pay for years. The gender pay gap is glaring: when Forbes released its list of the world’s highest paid athletes last year, there was not a single woman in the top 100. In the list of highest paid athletes of 2019, which has just been published, there is a woman in the top 100: tennis superstar Serena Williams, which has earned around $ 29 million in the past year and sits 63rd.
Even in a general classification richest female athletes, there are no top 20 footballers. Instead, the list is dominated by stars of women’s tennis, most notably Serena Williams, who was the highest paid female athlete for years and was appointed to Forbes’ List of the richest self-taught women for the first time in 2019, with a net worth of $ 225 million.
While it is difficult to get precise information on the net worth of many professional athletes, the richest female soccer player at the 2019 World Cup is likely American Alex Morgan. Some say Morgan, a star scorer for the United States and Orlando Pride, makes over $ 1 million every year, after having totaled his numerous sponsorship contracts with his lower salaries and football bonuses. Overall, Alex Morgan’s net worth has been estimated at $ 3 million by the website. CelebrityNetWorth.com. Morgan’s teammate on the United States Women’s National Team Julie Ertz also has net worth estimated at $ 3 million.
It might sound like a lot of money – and it is – but some perspective is needed. In the world highest paid male football stars, Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi, each earn more than $ 100 million in salaries and approvals each year. Everyone has an estimate $ 450 million net worth, and Ronaldo and Messi easily win over 100 times what the best female footballers in the world earn.
2019 Women’s World Cup Silver Prizes
The 2019 World Cup champion team will win $ 4 million, and the total prizes awarded to all teams at this summer’s World Cup are around $ 30 million. The two digits are double what Paid Women’s World Cup to the teams during the 2015 tournament in Canada.
But compare these figures with the Men’s World Cup: in 2018, France, world champion, was rewarded $ 38 million by FIFA for winning the tournament, which is more than all the 2019 World Cup women’s teams get together. The total prize money for the 2018 Men’s World Cup in Russia came to a total of $ 400 million, more than 13 times more than FIFA’s awards for women this summer.
In addition, members of the United States women’s team won bonuses of $ 90,000 for reaching the 2019 World Cup quarter-finals. If the US men’s team had reached the same point in last year’s World Cup, they would have earned bonuses of $ 550,000. This is the case even if the The United States women’s team outperforms the men’s team in income.
The main argument as to why the men’s World Cup prize totals are so much higher than their female counterparts is that men’s football has a lot more interest among fans – and much higher income around the world. . The 2015 Women’s World Cup in Canada would have brought $ 73 million in revenueincluding some $ 17 million in TV commercials just in the United States These are actually tiny numbers compared to the $ 6 billion in revenue FIFA won at the 2018 Men’s World Cup in Russia.
How Much Money Do US Women’s National Team Players Make
The United States Women’s National Team fought for an increase, and I had one in 2017, when the players started receiving an undisclosed pay raise. Prior to that, members of the US National Team received “a maximum of $ 4,950 per ‘friendly’ or non-tournament game they won, while players of the Men’s National Team earned an average of $ 13,166 for the game. same thing “, according to Atlantic.
Yet even after the pay hike, the U.S. Women’s National Team still earns significantly less than its male counterparts. This is the case even though the women have won three World Cups and four Olympic gold medals in the past two decades, compared to zero and zero for the US men’s team.
Earlier this year, the US women’s team filed a lawsuit against US Soccer, seeking better pay for women, who would earn 38% of what their male counterparts earn. Among other arguments American football lawyers have made One explanation for the gender pay differences is that the men’s and women’s national teams “have separate collective agreements; and have separate budgets that take into account the different revenues that the teams generate ”.
As US Soccer battles the Women’s National Team lawsuit, sponsors have stepped up in the battle for equal pay. At the beginning of April, the sponsor USWNT LUNA Bar made a donation this will give each member of the women’s team $ 31,250, which is the difference between the World Cup bonuses for the US men’s and women’s teams.
Meanwhile, American football sponsor Visa says that under a new five-year deal, more than 50% of its funding will be go to the women’s team, rather than a 50-50 split between men and women as in the past. And the titan of football brand Adidas says he will pay equal premiums to all its sponsored players, men and women, for winning the World Cup.
So how much money could the players of the United States Women’s National Team make if they win the 2019 World Cup? It’s difficult to pinpoint an exact number, in part because some payouts are withheld, and also because different players receive different salaries and bonuses.
Ashlyn Harris, a goalkeeper for the United States team, told the New York Times she expects to earn “between $ 300,000 and $ 400,000” this year. Another USWNT player estimated she would earn $ 167,500 in 2019.
FiveThirtyEight.com estimated that World Cup heroine Carli Lloyd made $ 366,000 in 2015, after adding up all of her bonus money, appearance fees and other income related to the World Cup and the Olympics, plus her salary for being on the national team, plus what she did for playing in the National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL).
Four years later, the Women’s World Cup winning money has doubled and each player can expect to earn around $ 150,000 from FIFA if she is on the winning team. Additionally, LUNA has increased bonuses for USWNT players by over $ 30,000, and NSWL salaries have increased slightly and now max at $ 46,200.
So if the U.S. team wins the 2019 World Cup, the top players could win over $ 400,000 in total this year, and the total could maybe be closer to $ 500,000. This is before sponsorship deals, which can add hundreds of thousands of dollars more for star players.
These are just top-of-the-line estimates for America’s top players in a World Cup year, and they are based on America’s victory at the 2019 World Cup. The rest of the squad can earn much less over the course of a year, and all players will earn less money if they don’t win everything.
How much do female footballers earn in the world
Most of the US Women’s National Team players play professionally in the NSWL, with salaries below $ 50,000. But NSWL isn’t the only professional women’s football league in the world, and more money can be made elsewhere.
Lyon, who play in the Champions League in Europe and are often cited as the highest-paid professional women’s football team in the world, are said to pay their female players on average 162,000 euros (approximately $ 182.00) annually. Unsurprisingly, in a recent ranking of best female soccer players in the world, 5 of the top 10 evolve professionally for Lyon.
By way of comparison, the best players in the Women’s Super League (WSL), in England, make about $ 44,000 per year, on par with the maximum salary of NSWL players in the United States
Some professional footballers earn much less than that. Women who play sparingly in the WSL could earn between $ 6,000 and $ 12,000, while the NSWL minimum wage is $ 16,538. In the Australian W-League, the average salary of a player is 17,400 USD, which equates to about $ 12,000 in US dollars (unsurprisingly, the Australian Women’s National Team has been very loud in the fight with FIFA for equal pay for male and female World Cup players.)
There are also “professional” players competing for the 2019 World Cup who earn little or no money playing football throughout the year. As the World Cup approaches, the New York Times asked dozens of players how much they made from soccer over the course of a year, and several players from Jamaica gave responses ranging from $ 0 to a few hundred dollars. Other players, from Thailand, South Africa, Nigeria and Argentina, say they make less than $ 5,000 a year from football.