Euros 2022: Female footballers salaries, equal pay & prize money

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We take a look at how much women footballers will be paid after the start of Women’s Euro 2022.

The Theater of Dreams was packed with fans, with almost 70,000 sold out and a record for the most attendance at a Women’s European Championship.

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The record for the most-attended women’s football match was set just over three months ago when Barcelona hosted Real Madrid at the Camp Nou, with over 90,000 fans flocking to the home of the La Liga giants.

Viewership at women’s football matches has improved dramatically in recent years and as the sport grows in popularity around the world, there is increasing debate about the salaries of the game’s female stars.

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They have always been paid far less than their male counterparts, and only now are they taking action.

Here’s everything we know about how much women soccer players get paid:

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Average salaries of female soccer players

Female soccer players’ salaries vary greatly depending on which league they play in and who they play for, with many top leagues now becoming professionals.

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Although the Women’s Super League in England is said to be nominally professional, starting salaries are estimated to be around £20,000, with a number of WSL players required to have a second job alongside their football.

The average salary for women in the WSL is reportedly around £30,000.

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National Team Salaries

Female soccer players are also often dependent on their income from the national teams.

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A number of countries now pay the same amount to their men’s and women’s teams, including England, Brazil, Australia and Norway.

The Lionesses are thought to be making around £2000 a game, but many England stars choose to donate their game fees to charity.

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US Women’s National Team ended a six-year legal battle on equal pay in February and agreed a deal worth $24 million plus bonuses to match the men’s terms.

US Soccer agreed to pay the women’s and men’s national teams equally and will also establish a $2 million fund to benefit players in their post-playing careers and charitable efforts aimed at improving the sport promote for women.

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Following the conclusion of the litigation, US winger Megan Rapinoe said: “It’s everything for our generation to know that we’re going to leave the game in an exponentially better place than we found it.

“That’s what this is about because, to be honest, there’s no justice in all of this if we don’t make sure it never happens again.

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“It’s a Herculean task to win a World Championship, certainly in the way we’ve done it with all that we’ve fought for off the field, and that felt just as Herculean, or probably greater, in many ways. I look forward to moving forward.”

How much could the England women’s team get if they win Euro 2022?

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It has been reported that England will receive the “most generous” bonus in the association’s history if they win this Summer European Championship tournament.

According to The Telegraph, the FA will give each player £55,000 – a whopping £1.3m payout in total.

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However, this is still significantly less than the men would have received if they had won the 2020 tournament, with Gareth Southgate’s side previously set to receive a £5million bonus.

Top earners in women’s football

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Corresponding 888sportChelsea striker Sam Kerr is currently the best earner in women’s football, with over £400,000 a year.

Carli Lloyd was the highest paid footballer in the world before her retirement last summer.

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The remaining members of the top 10 all play either in the NSWL in America or for the French club Lyon.

1. Carli Lloyd (retired) – $518,000

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2. Sam Kerr (Chelsea) – $500,000

3. Alex Morgan (San Diego Wave) – $450,000

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4. Megan Rapinoe (OL Reign) – $447,000

5. Julie Ertz (Angel City FC) – $430,000

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6. Ada Hegerberg (Lyons) – $425,000

7. Marta (Orlando Pride) – $400,000

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8. Amandine Henry (Lyons) – $394,500

9. Wendie Renard (Lyons) – $392,000

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10. Christine Sinclair (Portland Thorns) – $380,000

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