Women’s FA Cup prize fund set to rise from £400,000 to £3m per season | Soccer News


The Women’s FA Cup prize fund is to be increased to £3million a year from next season, the Football Association has announced.

The figure jumps from around £400,000, with details of how it is to be split across the competition yet to be confirmed. The FA said a “disproportionate amount of this new fund will be invested in the early rounds of the competition”.

It was announced in January that a “significant” increase in prize money from next season had been agreed, amid criticism over the disparity between the current figures and those in the men’s competition.

In Monday’s statement, the FA’s Director of Women’s Football, Baroness Sue Campbell, said: “I am delighted to be able to make this announcement of increased funding for the Vitality Women’s FA Cup as it will benefit so many clubs across the women’s football pyramid.

“The FA Cup, whether men’s or women’s, is the biggest and best domestic cup competition in the world, and this increased investment from the FA shows that we want the clubs who participate to be rewarded, while underlining our ongoing commitment to women. Game.

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The FA continues its efforts to develop women’s football in the UK

“Women’s football continues to be in a growth phase and we are always looking to make improvements and invest to take it forward and break new boundaries. It has definitely been one of the most enjoyable of my time with the organization, because I know it means so much to so much.”

The statement added: “The Vitality Women’s FA Cup has grown in size, with 417 teams entering the competition this season, while interest has increased significantly over the past decade, resulting in the permanent move of the final at EE-connected Wembley Stadium in 2015. This new financial commitment from the FA seeks to recognize and acknowledge this increased profile and commercial interest in the competition.

“Now that the increased prize fund for the Vitality Women’s FA Cup has been agreed, work will begin on how this money is divided and allocated, with the aim that all clubs taking part in the competition benefit. .

Over 40,000 fans attended the last FA Cup between Chelsea and Arsenal at Wembley
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Over 40,000 fans attended the last FA Cup between Chelsea and Arsenal at Wembley

“A commitment the FA will make is that a disproportionate amount of this new fund will be invested in the early rounds of the competition. This will ensure that clubs lower down the pyramid who enter these rounds really feel the benefits. of the prize money won.

“More details will be announced in due course on the structure of the new funding and how it will be split between the different stages of the Vitality Women’s FA Cup next season.”

The current prize money for winning the Women’s FA Cup is £25,000, with £15,000 for runner-up. In the men’s competition, where the overall fund is £16m, the figures are £1.8m and £900,000 respectively.




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