Uefa doubles prize money for women's Euros - but it remains a fraction of the men's

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England striker Ellen White celebrates - GETTY IMAGES
England striker Ellen White celebrates - GETTY IMAGES

Uefa has doubled the prize money for next year’s Women’s European Championship, but the figure remains a fraction of what is available for teams in the men’s tournament.

The 16 teams at next year’s competition, which England will host next summer, will share €16 million (£13.7m) between them, up from the €8m (£6.86m) that was distributed at Euro 2017 in the Netherlands.

While news of an increased prize pot is welcome, it equates to just 4.3 per cent of the money that was on offer in the men’s tournament. The 24 men’s teams who competed in this year’s Euros shared a total prize pot of €371m, with winners Italy understood to have earned around £24m.

In another development for the women’s game, European clubs will have access to a €4.5m (£3.86m) fund for the first time which will reimburse them for the release of players during the tournament. That figure is some way off the €200m (£170m) fund that was available to men’s clubs who released players for this summer’s Euros.

Uefa's executive committee approved the increase in prize money for the women's event on Wednesday at a meeting in Moldova, along with a new distribution model which will include performance-based bonuses for the group stage. The governing body insists that the measures will ensure “more money than ever before is distributed across the women’s game”.

Cathy Long, head of policy, public affairs and partnerships at charity Women in Sport, welcomed the increased finances as a “step in the direction” but that it was “such a stark reminder” of the contrast between men’s and women’s football. The exact details of the body’s financial distribution scheme are due to be made public in the coming days.

“I do think the devil will be in the detail in terms of how that money is distributed, because if you look at the model for professional men’s football, a lot of people will argue that model is breaking and that too much of that money goes to too few people at the top,” Long told Telegraph Sport. “If that is the case, we shouldn’t be replicating the same model across the women’s game. We have to take the opportunity not to replicate the same structure.”

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