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Insider: Women's World Cup Prize Money Revealed; Top USMNT Coaching Candidate

Overall compensation at the Women's World Cup is set to grow significantly–but so is the gap between women's prize money and the most recent men's World Cup prize money.

Prize money increases and overall FIFA compensation are set to go into effect for the 2019 Women’s World Cup, with a proposal expected to pass at the FIFA Council meeting later this month. According to a source with knowledge of the proposal, the total prize money at France 2019 would double from the last Women’s World Cup from $15 million to $30 million.

FIFA’s payout compensation for preparation costs, including business-class flights for teams traveling more than four hours, would go from $0 to $11.5 million, and payout compensation from FIFA to clubs for the use of their players would go from $0 to $8.5 million.

If you’re wondering what the total prize money for the men’s World Cup was this year compared to the women’s $30 million, the men got a cool $400 million. Proponents of the women’s changes will likely note that FIFA’s total payout compensation for the 2019 Women’s World Cup is more than tripling from four years ago, from $15 million to $50 million. Critics will say, however, that the gap in total World Cup prize money between men and women has actually grown—from $342.1 million to $370 million—in the past four years.

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