FIFA pays Vietnam women's football team $1.56M World Cup bonus

By Hoang Nguyen, Lam ThoaOctober 13, 2023 | 06:45 pm PT
FIFA pays Vietnam women's football team $1.56M World Cup bonus
Vietnam play their opening Women's World Cup match against the U.S. in New Zealand, July 22, 2023. Photo by VnExpress/Duc Dong
FIFA recently paid a US$1.56 million World Cup bonus to the Vietnam women's team and $30,000 to each player in the official squad for the 2023 tournament.

The bonuses to the 32 participating teams are based on their results.

Champions Spain received $4.29 million and runner-up England got $3 million.

The third- and fourth-placed Sweden and Australia got $2.61 million and $2.45 million.

The teams eliminated in the quarterfinals, the Netherlands, Japan, France, and Colombia, received $2.18 million each.

Those that exited after the round of 16 got $1.87 million, and teams not making it past the group stage, including Vietnam, got $1.56 million.

In addition, FIFA also gave individual bonuses to the players in the tournament, which is unprecedented. For each player on the official squad list of 23, they will be rewarded according to the result of their team.

Each Vietnam player received $30,000. This is a bonus for the players, not the coaching staff.

After the tournament, FIFA disbursed money to the Vietnam Football Federation (VFF) and VFF transferred it to the bank account of each player on the squad list.

"FIFA has transfered money to VFF, and we have transferred it to each player, not missing a single done. Everything has been transparent," Duong Nghiep Khoi, General Secretary of VFF, told VnExpress on Friday.

The Vietnamese players had to pay a tax of VND70 million ($2,860) on the bonus they received.

The total bonus is three times what FIFA paid in 2019 ($30 million), when the champions, the U.S., received $4 million, and the eight teams not going past the group stage got $750,000 each.

FIFA also gave a total of $11.5 million to clubs that sent players to the tournament.

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