by WorldTribune Staff, December 2, 2022
In advancing to the Round of 16 at the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar, the U.S. men’s soccer team was awarded $13 million in prize money.
The U.S. women’s soccer team gets half of those funds.
It was one of the terms of the equal-pay agreement signed in September which put both teams on the same payment model through 2028.
Under the agreement, the United States became the first federation in history to split their World Cup prize money down the middle between their two main national teams.
Prior to the agreement, the women’s team had sued U.S. Soccer for gender discrimination. The lawsuit was settled in 2019 for $24 million, contingent on the new agreement.
If the U.S. were to defeat the Netherlands and reach the quarter-final, it would earn another $17 million.
The nations who finish in third and fourth place will receive $27 million and $25 million respectively, while the runner-up is due to collect $30 million.
This year’s World Cup winner is in line to earn $42 million.
Regardless of how the U.S. men’s team fares for the rest of the World Cup, the women’s team has already earned more from the men’s team’s progression to the last 16 in Qatar than they did for winning their own tournaments outright in 2015 and 2019 combined.
The U.S. women’s team took home $2 million and $4 million for those victories.