FIFA to pay $209m to 440 clubs for releasing players during Qatar 2022 World Cup

FIFA to pay $209m to 440 clubs for releasing players during Qatar 2022 World Cup

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By QLNews

Qatar undoubtedly hosted one of the best and most memorable FIFA World Cups in history.

Now, 440 clubs from 51 member associations across all six confederations will receive a share of the revenue from the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 for releasing their players during the showpiece event.

The FIFA Club Benefits Programme (CBP), part of an MoU between FIFA and the European Club Association (ECA), serves to confirm the World Cup’s positive impact on club football. It also highlights clubs’ fundamental role in player development and the release of players to represent their national teams.

Several lower-tier teams are among the 440 clubs that will receive a share of the funds. It includes 78 second-tier sides, 13 third-tier clubs, five fourth-tier teams and one fifth-tier outfit.

FIFA will distribute $209m following the release of 837 footballers for a rounded per-player daily amount of $10,950, regardless of how many minutes they played during the tournament. 

The total per player will be divided and distributed to the club(s) with which the player was registered in the two years leading up to the final competition. As per standard procedure, FIFA will distribute the amounts via the member associations to which the relevant clubs are affiliated.

FIFA President Gianni Infantino said: “The FIFA CBP is a clear example of how the FIFA World Cup has a positive impact on club football across the world.”

“Qatar 2022 wasn’t only the career pinnacle for many players, but also the most successful World Cup ever and one that’ll contribute to football development in all corners of the planet. Club football plays a key role within the football ecosystem and the FIFA CBP provides us with an excellent opportunity to support clubs.”

ECA also recognised the global impact of the FIFA CBP.

“We’re very pleased that 440 clubs worldwide – not just ECA Members and European clubs – will benefit from significant distributions from the Club Benefits Programme, as part of the agreement between ECA and FIFA for the release of 837 players participating at the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022,” said ECA Chairman Nasser Al Khelaifi.

“The Club Benefits Programme is one of the fundamental pillars of the recently renewed Memorandum of Understanding between ECA and FIFA. ECA works tirelessly for the benefit of all clubs and this is reflected by the increase in the amount to be distributed for the 2026 and 2030 editions of the FIFA World Cup to $355m,” added Al Khelaifi.

Under the new MoU signed earlier this year by FIFA and ECA, $355m will be distributed to clubs under the programme for the 2026 and 2030 editions of the FIFA World Cup.

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