‘It’s so far behind’: USA star Alex Morgan slams FIFA prize money increase for Women’s World Cup
- Alex Morgan has slammed the Women’s 2019 World Cup prize money increase
- FIFA announced the prize money has doubled since 2015 tournament in Canada
- Tournament winners will earn £3.1m while overall prize money stands at £23.4m
- The USWNT star feels the tournament earnings pale in comparison to the men’s
United States women’s national team and Orlando Pride star Alex Morgan has slammed FIFA for their insufficient prize money increase for the Women’s World Cup in 2019.
FIFA announced in October that the prize money for the tournament in France has doubled since the last World Cup four years ago.
Tournament winners will bank £3.1million ($4m) while the overall prize pot has also doubled since 2015 to £23.4m ($30m) but Morgan feels this pales in comparison to the men’s game.
Alex Morgan has slammed FIFA for the Women’s 2019 World Cup prize money increase
The US Women’s team lifted the World Cup in 2015 and won £1.5million in prize money
FIFA handed out a whopping £312m in prize money for the World Cup in Russia, with winners France earning £30m from that grand total – the same amount which is to be dished out to the women’s teams collectively next summer.
‘What they’re not realising is that it’s so far behind that a little is not going to receive the sort of applause that they’re looking for,’ Morgan said of FIFA in an interview with SVT Sport.
Morgan and the US women’s national team have been vocal of gender equality over the years after fighting with US Soccer over a collective bargaining agreement in 2017.
France beat Croatia 4-2 to lift the World Cup in Russia and banked £30million for their triumph
‘I think it became important to all of us on this team going through the last couple contract negotiations with US Soccer,’ Morgan said.
‘We didn’t really understand the power that we held as players. I think it was pretty incredible going through this last contract negotiation realising the power that we do have if we all stay united together.’
The 29-year-old also called for more support from her male counterparts in the fight for gender equality.
‘I think the support from male players is crucial for us. We have gotten that little by little, but I hope that when it catches on it catches like fire. Right now it’s difficult to be the one or the two to step out as a male player but then when everyone starts stepping out you don’t want to be the one or two that doesn’t.’