The FA have announced additional funding for women’s football, via an increased prize pool for the Women’s FA Cup.
A sum of £3million will be split between the teams taking part in the tournament from next season, with the organization promising to direct more money to earlier rounds in a bid to grow the game.
The current price to win the Women’s FA Cup is £25,000, out of a total pot of less than £430,000 for the more than 400 participating teams. In the men’s competition, the winner and runner-up receive £1.8million and £900,000 respectively.
“This is going to benefit so many clubs across the women’s football pyramid,” said FA Women’s Football Director Sue Campbell in a statement.
“This increased investment shows that we want participating clubs to be rewarded, while underlining our continued commitment to women’s football.
“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.”
Chelsea beat Arsenal 3-0 to win the 2020/21 FA Cup in December, completing the English treble for the first time after winning the League Cup and the Women’s Super League title.
The FA’s decision follows UEFA’s decision to double their price tag for this year’s UEFA Women’s European Championship in England to £13.5m with increased guaranteed payouts for all 16 qualifying teams.
Additional Reuters reporting.