The 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup, which was the eighth edition of the Women’s World Cup, consisted of 24 women’s teams representing associations that are part of FIFA. The United States had just won the 2019 Women’s World Cup, but the women made headlines before the tournament started by suing the US Football Federation. Four years after the USA Women’s World Cup victory in the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup, the team successfully defended their title in the final match against the Netherlands, winning 2-0. The Netherlands lost the Finals despite winning the European Women’s Championship in 2017.
UEFA used the World Cup to qualify three teams for the 2020 Summer Olympics Women’s Football Championship in Japan, with the top three teams in Europe. The Lyon Stadium only hosted three games, but these were the most important of the competition; the semi-finals and final on July 2-3 and 7th. France played South Korea on June 7th at the Parc des Princes for the tournament’s opening game. Nice Stadium hosted England v Scotland, France v Norway, Sweden v Thailand, Japan v England.
The US defending champions lived up to their status as tournament favourites in host France, faced England in the Semi-Finals, and won. The victory marked the first time a women’s team had won four world titles, adding to a recordset four years earlier when a victory over Japan marked the first time a women’s team had won three titles. Their latest championship came after a dramatic performance at the 2019 Women’s World Championships, who were greatly favoured to go through the entire tournament. For the first time, under an agreement between the four British football federations (England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales) for the women’s team, the UK attempted to qualify for the Olympic Games through England’s World Cup performance that England has been successful as England have been ranked among the top three teams in Europe.
When FIFA doubled the Women’s World Cup prize money from $15 million in 2015 to $30 million in 2019, it seemed like progress, except that FIFA also increased the men’s prize money at the same time. Tournaments increased, not less. It’s not that the United States doesn’t make money from the US Football Federation. Still, the budget data for 2015 showed a $23 million increase in revenue related to the win and the victory tour, more than the men’s national team during that period. In other words, the money that is paid out for both the men’s and women’s tournaments seems to be interpreted by FIFA as income generated from the men’s World Cup, whether that’s true or not.
If, as claimed, women’s football brings in less revenue than men’s football, then the prize money will naturally be lower. According to US Soccer data, the top five male players from 2008 to 2015 earned more than the top five female players. An exclusive analysis found that U.S. women’s players topped out at about $261,000 per World Cup win in France, while men’s players earned about $1.1 million or more.