The World Cup in Qatar is not just one of the prestigious tournaments, but also a serious financial incentive for players.
Qualifying for the 2022 World Cup sees each team paid a $1.5 million participation fee. But once at the tournament, sides can make much larger sums by progressing through the knockout stages.
FIFA has allocated $440 million in prize money for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar. This is an increase of $40 million compared to the 2018 tournament, while just $358 million in prize money was on offer at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.
Each team was given $2.5 million to qualify for the championship. This amount was intended to prepare for the tournament.
The teams participating in the group stage of the 2022 World Cup received $9 million each.
Teams that qualified but lost in the round of 16 received an additional $13 million on top of the group stage amount. And those who reached the quarterfinals took 17 million dollars.
As for the semi-finals and finals, the money will be distributed among the teams according to the final results. The fourth-place team will receive $25 million, and the third-place one will receive $27 million.
The runner-up team will receive $30 million and the winning one will receive $42 million.
According to FIFA, reaching the semifinals in Qatar will see teams earn more than the 2006 World Cup winners received – back then the Italians earned only $20 million.
The previous 2018 World Cup winner France received $38 million in prize money, $11 million of which was distributed among the team’s 23 players, averaging about $480,000 per player.
In 2014, the World Cup champion Germany received $35 million; in 2002, the Brazilian team received $8 million for first place; and even earlier, in 1982, the Italian team received only $2.2 million.
According to Forbes, Qatar spent “at least” $229 billion in total over the past decade to prepare for hosting the 2022 FIFA World Cup, which was held for the first time in the Middle East. The country expects to add as much as $17 billion to its economy.
According to FIFA, they earned record revenues of $7.5 billion in the four years of commercial deals tied to the 2022 World Cup in Qatar. In the previous 2015-18 cycle, FIFA generated $6.4 billion.
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