The European football association UEFA has increased the prize money for the European Championship for women, which will be held in England next year, to 16 million euros. That is a doubling compared to the prize pool at the European Championship of 2017 in the Netherlands.
Part of that amount is starting money for the participating countries, the other part is a performance bonus. It is not yet known how that distribution will be. Furthermore, UEFA makes another 4.5 million euros available for the clubs that hand over players to the national teams.
Although the prize money has doubled, the fees are still in the shadow of the men’s. For the Euro 2020 (which was held last summer), 371 million euros in prize money was available and the clubs that relinquished players were allowed to divide another 200 million. Every participating country received a starting bonus of 9.25 million euros at the start of the tournament.
UEFA has also expanded the so-called solidarity program for clubs that do not participate in European tournaments and come from countries outside the European top 5. The football association is making 140 million euros available this year. That is 4 percent of the total profit of 3.5 billion euros. If profits rise, the level of the solidarity pot also rises to a maximum of 175 million per year. Last year, this pot consisted of 130 million euros, the association reports.