The FIFA world cup is the most viewed sport all over the world. if we look at the previous three World Cup stats the number of viewers of the world cup increased. Because FIFA Provides coverage of their matches on many tv screens and streams online.
As a result, FIFA earns a huge amount of money by selling its rights to international TV channels. This thing helps make it easier for FIFA to increase the FIFA world cup prize money.
On this page, we will look at the evolution in prize money of the FIFA world cup from 1982 to 2022. In the 1982 world cup, the prize money for the final match was $20 million.
But with the raised fame of the world cup, the prize money of the world cup increased and till is extended up to 440$ million. In the 2022 world cup, the prize money is set to 440$ million which is 40$ million big than of recent world cup in 2018.
Before starting a discussion on how prize money increases every year, we discuss how the prize money is distributed.
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What is FIFA World Cup Prize Money
Fifa makes money by selling their tv & Live stream rights globally for 4 years. FIFA also works with the sponsorships program for the world cup and the qualifying rounds. The money-making from the sale of the tickets to the world cup during these 4 years is also included in the prize money.
Let’s check the prize money stats from 2018 to 2022:
FIFA’s 4-year cycle Revenue (2018-2022)
FIFA world cup 2022 makes 3.5$ billion from selling TV & Media rights, and from sponsorships & retail activities earn 2.4$ billion. 1.1$ million makes by Selling tickets & providing hospitality packages.
Moreover, 890$ is made by the licensing fee which makes a total of 7.89$ billion in income from 2018 to 2022. Fifa world cup 2022 creates 85% of its earnings from tv rights and sponsorships.
Below we show the official stats of the 4-year cycle of the world cup from 2015 to 2018:
How to Prize Money Distributed:
- FIFA World Cup prize money
- Preparation money
- Club Benefit program
- Club Protection and insurance fee
Prize Money Comparison Between 2018 World Cup and 2022
|Stage||Qatar 2022 World Cup||Russia 2018 World Cup|
|Club Benefit (payments)||$310 million||$170 million|
|Player Insurance Fee||$70 million||$100 million|
|Winners||$45 million||$38 million|
|Runners-up||$32 million||$25 million|
|3rd Place||$26 million||$20 million|
|4th Place||$22 million||$18 million|
|Quarterfinal (4 eliminated teams)||$16 million each||$14 million each|
|Round of 16 (8 eliminated teams)||$12 million each||$9 million each|
|Group Stage (16 eliminated teams)||$8 million each||$8 million each|
|Guaranteed Payments (all 32 teams)||$2.5 million each||$1.5 million each|
|Total prize money fund||$1 Billion||$791 million|
History of FIFA World Cup Prize Money
|World Cup||Hosts||Funds||Winning Team||Security Payment|
|World Cup 1982||Spain||$20m||$2.2m||–|
|World Cup 1986||Mexico||$26m||$2.8m||–|
|World Cup 1990||Italy||$54m||$3.5m||–|
|World Cup 1994||USA||$71m||$4m||–|
|World Cup 1998||France||$103m||$6m||–|
|World Cup 2002||Japan-Korea||$156.5m||$8m||100000|
|World Cup 2006||German||$266m||$20m||300000|
|World Cup 2010||South Africa||$420m||$30m||500000|
|World Cup 2014||Brazil||$576m||$35m||$1m|
|World Cup 2018||Russia||$791m||$38m||$1.5m|
|World Cup 2022||Qatar||$1 Billion||$45 million||$2.5 million|