Each Girl in Green is guaranteed €28,000 as Women’s World Cup player payments confirmed


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Ahead of this summer’s Women’s World Cup, FIFA have confirmed the details of financial payments to qualifying associations and individual players.

The Irish players will earn $30,000 (€27,850) at a minimum but should they qualify out of their group they would receive double that. A quarter-final berth would earn each player $90,000 (€83,500).

“The captain that ultimately lifts the iconic FIFA Women’s World Cup Trophy on August 20 in Sydney will receive $270,000, as will each of her 22 teammates,” said FIFA President, Gianni Infantino.

“The global salary of women’s professional footballers is approximately $14,000 annually so the amounts allocated under this unprecedented new distribution model will have a real and meaningful impact on the lives and careers of these players."

The scheme has been endorsed by FIFPRO the global players union with FIFPRO President, David Aganzo noting their organisation is “very pleased with the steps taken by FIFA in establishing this guaranteed player payment mechanism”.

The FAI will also bank $1.56 million (€1.44m) but should they go beyond the group stages the prize money increases to $1.87m (€1.73m) for the round of 16 and $2.18m (€2m) for the quarter-finals. The runners up receive $3.015m (€2.82m) and the winners $4.29m (€3.98m).

The Girls in Green will be based in Brisbane for the tournament and they are planning a game against another World Cup team Colombia on 14 July in a behind-closed-doors uncapped game in Brisbane’s Meakin Park.

The Republic of Ireland will play on the opening day of the tournament against co-hosts Australia in Sydney.

Next they face Olympic champions Canada in Perth on 26 July before their final group game back in Brisbane five days later against Nigeria.