England meet Spain in Sunday’s World Cup Final in Sydney with a record-breaking prize pot on offer to whomever comes out on top and lands the women’s game’s biggest prize

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“We achieved the final! It’s unbelievable,” said Sarina Wiegman after her Lionesses saw off hosts Australia to reach the World Cup Final.

Goals from Ella Toone, Lauren Hemp and Alessia Russo did the damage to end the Matildas’ hopes of glory on home soil and instead leaves England just 90 minutes from being world champions. Now they meet Spain in the final, as they look to add the world title to their European Championship crown, won at Wembley last summer.

For the Lionesses, it’s all about glory and being seen as the best in the world. But there’s also plenty of money at stake for both them and their Spanish counterparts thanks to changes made by FIFA…. £8.5million to be exact.

World football’s governing body have promised that when the 2027 World Cup rolls around, the prize fund on offer will be the same for women as it will have been for men in the 2026 edition. Whether that does indeed happen of course remains to be seen.

But FIFA did ensure that prize money TREBLED in 2023 when compared to the pot on offer in France in 2019.

Then, the prize fund was just £24million. This year’s total was a much bigger £88.5million. It was also confirmed pre-tournament that each player taking part would earn at least £24k for participating. Each 23-woman squad would be receiving a guaranteed amount depending on where their side reached.

  • Group stage: £24k
  • Round of 16: £47k
  • Quarterfinal: £71k
  • Fourth place: £129k
  • Third place: £141k
  • Second place: £153k
  • Winners: £210k

Get the England 2023 home shirt here

Show your support for The Lionesses throughout the FIFA Women’s World Cup with the latest England home shirt. Mixing the classic with the contemporary, this shirt is being worn by the team as they bid to add a World Cup to their incredible European Championship triumph in 2022.

As such, each member of the Lionesses is guaranteed to land £153k following their run to the final. Defeat Spain on Sunday, and that figure will be £210k.

Combined that’s a cool £4.8m. A further £3.7million will go to the winning FA to bring a cool £8.5million to whomever emerges victorious on Sunday.

That’s still some £26.5m less than Argentina landed when they won the men’s tournament in Qatar. If FIFA are indeed serious about equality, then they’ve still some way to go.

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