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OSHOALA CONTRIBUTES AS BARCELONA BENEFIT THE MOST FROM 2019 WOMEN WORLD CUP CLUB PAYOUTS

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BY NANCY GILLEN

Asisat Oshoala’s FC Barcelona is set to receive the highest amount of FIFA Women’s World Cup club payout money with 15 of the side’s players having competed in the tournament’s group stage.

Asisat Oshoala is a key member of the Nigerian team at the FIFA Women’s World Cup in France.

A study by information platform Wettbasis found that FIFA will pay out a total of £2.56 million ($3.25 million/€2.88 million) to the 198 clubs worldwide which had players competing in the group stages in France. 

This amounts to £362 ($460/€407) per day per player, with the player’s current club receiving 50 per cent of the sum.

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The remaining percentage is given to clubs that trained the player up to the age of 22.

FC Barcelona is paid the most of all clubs, receiving £68,700 ($87,200/€77,300) from FIFA for its players, including England forward Toni Duggan, Dutch winger Lieke Martens and 10 from the Spanish squad. 

French team and UEFA Women’s Champions League victors Olympique Lyon are in second place with £65,000 ($82,600/€73,100).

English clubs dominate the top 10, with Manchester City receiving £58,000 ($73,700/€65,300) and Chelsea £57,600 ($73,200/€64,800).

Football Association Women’s Super League champions Arsenal will earn £43,800 ($55,600/€49,300).

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The United States receive the largest portion of funds for one country, however, receiving £350,000 ($444,700/€393,800) in total for 26 clubs.

Despite the growing financial investment in women’s football, the published figures are dwarfed by those produced during the men’s FIFA World Cup in Russia last year.

FIFA paid around £6,781 ($8,615/€7,629) per player per day, around 18 times the amount paid to female players this year.

Real Madrid, Manchester City, and Chelsea all received over £2.5million ($3.2million/€2.8million) each for taking part in the men’s World Cup 2018, close to the amount paid by FIFA to all the women’s clubs combined during the group stage.

The Women’s World Cup is due to enter the knockout round tomorrow after the group stage concluded today. 

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FIFA announced last October that $30 million (£23 million/€26 million) in prize money would be on offer this year, a 100 per cent increase on the $15 million (£11 million/€13 million) available in 2015.

The allocation of a further $20 million (£16 million/€18 million) to pay for travel, training and to compensate players’ club teams was also approved by the Council then.

This was criticised by organisations such as FIFPro, however, who said that the rise was insufficient and claimed “the changes actually signify an increase in the gap between men’s and women’s prize money”.

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Kunle Solaja is the author of landmark books on sports and journalism as well as being a multiple award-winning journalist and editor of long standing. He is easily Nigeria’s foremost soccer diarist and Africa's most capped FIFA World Cup journalist, having attended all FIFA World Cup finals from Italia ’90 to Qatar 2022. He was honoured at the Qatar 2022 World Cup by FIFA and AIPS.

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