GENEVA – The world’s soccer clubs were invited by FIFA on Tuesday to request money from a $209 million fund set aside for teams to release players for this year’s World Cup in Qatar.
Clubs are paid a daily rate – which FIFA estimates to be around USD 10,000 – as long as the 832 players selected for the 32 rosters are on national team duty before and during the tournament.
The preparation period starts on November 14 and the tournament ends on December 18.
$209 million fund, Agreed by FIFA and the European Club Association in 2015It also rewards clubs that have helped develop World Cup players. Each player’s share of the fund is divided between the clubs he has played for in the last two years.
FIFA said that more than 400 clubs playing in 63 different member states have been paid shares from the $209 million fund allocated from the commercial revenue of the 2018 World Cup.
The “Club Interests Programme” was created in a 2008 deal for FIFA to recognize the newly launched ECA as a democratic representative of the interests of the teams.
European teams typically employ about 75% of the players who go to the World Cup.
FIFA allocated $40 million to the fund for players who went to the 2010 World Cup in South Africa and $70 million for the tournament in Brazil four years later.
Clubs will get a bigger share from the 2026 World Cup, which will have around 50% more players in the expanded 48-team tournament.
FIFA’s income from sponsorship, ticket sales and corporate hospitality is also expected to rise sharply for the 2026 edition, which will be hosted by the United States, Canada and Mexico.
A similar payment scheme is run by UEFA for the European Championship, which was worth 200 million euros ($194 million) for the tournament played last year.
Chelsea got the biggest share 5.1 million euros ($5 million) from the Euro 2020 fund, which also rewards clubs whose players have been called up for qualifying games.