Fifa to increase player bonuses for 2023 Women’s World Cup

Valentina Giacinti of Italy controls the ball under pressure from Dominique Bloodworth of the Netherlands during the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup Quarter Final (by Alex Grimm/Getty Images)

Fifa plans to significantly increase bonus payments to players at the 2023 Women’s World Cup.

Fifa president Gianni Infantino has previously promised to double the originally-planned prize fund for the tournament. This year, the prize fund for the 2019 Women’s World Cup was raised from an initial $15m to $50m.

Football’s world governing body is also considering creating a women’s World League, similar to Uefa’s Nations League, as well as a Club World Cup for women.

The moves will be discussed at this week’s Fifa Council meeting in Shanghai.

Fifa is expected to this week confirm funding for the women’s game of $1bn over the next four years, with the money coming from the organisation’s $2.7bn cash reserves. Infantino said in July: “We don’t need all this money in the Swiss banks, they have enough money.”

Eight candidates are in the running to host the 2023 Women’s World Cup – Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Colombia, Japan, New Zealand, South Africa, and a potential joint bid from North and South Korea. Belgium and Bolivia dropped out in early September after Fifa announced the tournament would expand from 24 to 32 teams.

Fifa has sent bidding and hosting documents to the eight federations, who must submit their final, detailed bid plans by December 13. The candidates will face an evaluation in January and February next year, with a Fifa Council vote to decide the host set for May. This will give the winning nation just over three years to prepare.

Thursday’s Fifa Council meeting will also produce an announcement about which of Brazil, Indonesia or Peru will host the Fifa U20 World Cup in 2021.

Another item on the agenda is the appointment of a host for the inaugural edition of an expanded football Club World Cup in 2021, with China widely reported to be the only host under consideration.