Euro women’s football prize money doubles but only 4% of men’s salary
LONDON — The prize money will double for the European Women’s Championship, but will represent less than 4% of the proceeds paid out for the most recent men’s tournament.
UEFA’s European governing body announced on Thursday that the 16 women’s teams for Euro 2022 in England would split 16 million euros ($ 19 million), while 4.5 million euros (5 million dollars) will go to clubs that release their players.
The 24 teams in the European Men’s Championship have shared 371 million euros ($ 435 million) in UEFA prizes this year, but the clubs have also received a guarantee of at least 200 million euros (235 million euros). dollars) for the release of players.
This means that at least 571 million euros ($ 670 million) are allocated in the financial package for the men’s tournament, only 20.5 million euros ($ 24 million) has been set aside for the women’s show.
After the decision of its executive committee, UEFA said it was “making sure that more money than ever before is distributed in women’s football”. The committee includes a single woman, the general manager of the French Football Federation, Florence Hardouin, alongside 19 men.
The prize money is a reflection of the disparities in the income generated by the male game compared to the female competitions.
The European Women’s Championship is being hosted by England next July after being delayed for a year due to the pandemic.
Fifa faces long-standing criticism for the funding inequality between men’s and women’s football.
The world governing body awarded $ 400 million in prizes to the 32 teams of the 2018 Men’s World Cup, including $ 38 million for the French champion. He awarded $ 30 million to the 24 teams at the 2019 Women’s World Cup, including $ 4 million to the Americans after their second straight title.
Fifa raised the total to $ 440 million for the 2022 Men’s World Cup and are looking to double the women’s prize to $ 60 million for the 2023 Women’s World Cup expanded to 32 teams.
Mexico’s anti-monopoly commission, meanwhile, announced on Thursday that it had fined 17 football teams for plotting to put a cap on female footballers’ salaries.
The commission said the teams would be fined around $ 9 million for illegal practices.
The clubs have acted fairly openly through the Mexican Football Federation, and the committee said the effect was “to further deepen the pay gap between male and female footballers.” Those nominated by the commission included Mexico’s top soccer teams.
The salary cap appears to have been in place since the inception of the Mexican Women’s Football League in 2016. The salary cap was apparently increased in 2018 and continued until 2019.
Another agreement between the teams included limits on the ability of players to switch teams and earn higher salaries.
The American Football Federation, on the other hand, urged the 9th United States Court of Appeals to uphold a lower court’s decision to dismiss the pay discrimination portion of a lawsuit brought by team members. national women’s union, arguing that the law does not require the federation to pay players “tens of millions of dollars in phantom income that it has never received”.
In a 59-page brief filed with the San Francisco Court of Appeals on Wednesday, the USSF said U.S. District Judge R. Gary Klausner in Los Angeles had properly rendered summary judgment to the federation on the request of compensation in May 2020. The judge ruled on women. rejected a pay-to-play structure similar to the men’s deal with US Soccer and agreed to higher base salaries and benefits than men’s. He allowed their allegation of discriminatory working conditions to be tried and the parties reached an agreement on this part.
The women have called on the 9th Circuit to overturn the trial court’s decision and put their wage demands back on track. A panel of three judges will likely hear oral argument at the end of this year or early 2022.
The players of the women’s team “deliberately negotiated a collective agreement that prioritized guaranteed wages and substantial benefits over higher contingent bonuses,” the federation’s lawyers wrote. “Complainants cannot now, in hindsight, pursue ‘equal pay’ claims based on a different pay structure that they have explicitly rejected. The district court agreed. This is not a factual dispute. This is not a battle of experts. This is a fundamental disagreement over what equal pay means under the law. “
The USSF recently said it offered identical contracts to the two unions, which are separate and have no obligation under federal labor law to agree to similar terms. The federation said the two unions refused to negotiate a single deal.
Items currently in the women’s contract, such as the remuneration of players in the National Women’s Football League, maternity and pregnancy leave and pay, and medical and health insurance, will not necessarily be removed from the proposals. ‘USSF, said the federation.
The governing body has also said it will refuse to accept a deal in which the World Cup prize money is not matched. PA
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