The Women‘s Euro 2022 promises to be the biggest and the best in more ways than one.
Three times as many tickets were made available as the record-breaking Euro 2017 in the Netherlands, which has the potential to make the Wembley final the most attended match in Premier League history. Europe – men or women.
Many world-class players and teams will be on display across England, while UEFA have chosen to double the prize money on offer, which will be split between all the competing countries. In addition to this, clubs with players present will also be compensated financially.
UEFA have set aside a fund of €16 million for Euro 2022, which is double the €8 million for Euro 2017. This figure is the biggest pot ever available at the Women’s Euro.
The governing body explained that there are two reasons why this was possible. One is to “separate commercial agreements for men’s and women’s competitions”, while the other is “to increase UEFA’s overall investment in the competition”.
The distribution of the €16m is based on two factors: fair distribution and team performance.
A first 60% of the prize pool, or 9.6 million euros, will be shared equally between the 16 nations. That means a guaranteed payout of €600,000 just for qualifying – at Euro 2017 it was €300,000.
The remaining 6.4 million euros will be distributed according to the performance of each country.
Each group stage victory is worth €100,000, with €50,000 for a draw. Each team that advances to the quarter-finals will receive an additional €205,000, and an additional €320,000 for the bottom four.
The winner will receive an additional €660,000 and the runners-up €440,000.
All money is cumulative, meaning if a country won all of their group games and then lifted the trophy, they would receive a maximum payout of €2,085,000.
UEFA’s long-standing club benefits scheme, which pays clubs in gratitude when their players participate in UEFA tournaments, will be applied for the first time to the Women’s Euro.
The global pot of €4.5m will be distributed to clubs (European only – NWSL clubs cannot be compensated or players involved, for example) based on the number of days their players were released for the tournament – which begins with 10 official preparation days, followed by the total number of days a player is competing, plus an additional travel day after.
The price that UEFA will pay is €500 per player per day. The guaranteed minimum amount for each eligible player is therefore €10,000 and the money will be paid out between October and December 2022.