World Cup winners to pocket R225 million

2009-12-04 10:37

Fifa has budgeted R3.1 billion for next year’s World Cup with the

winners of the event guaranteed to walk away with a whopping R225 million.

This is a 61% increase from the previous tournament in Germany. The

new figures were released by Fifa secretary general Jerome Valcke after the

organisation’s executive meeting on Robben Island on Thursday.

Valcke said all the 32 countries participating in the tournament

would receive $1 million (about R7.5 million) each to prepare their teams for

the competition. He said this amount would also be applicable in the 2014 World

Cup in Brazil.

Valcke added that countries finishing from position 16 to 32 would

receive R60 million each for taking part in the tournament. The runners up will

pocket R180 million.

Valcke also disclosed that clubs would receive about R12 000 a day

for each player selected from 15 days before the start of the tournament until

they are knocked out.

“This is our way of compensating the clubs for releasing their

players because at times it is not easy,” said Valcke.

Fifa has also decided to stick with the under-23 teams for the

Olympic Games.

“The status quo remains with the under-23 teams and three over-aged

players in the 2012 Olympic Games in London but we will review the situation


Valcke said they had also decided to increase the number of teams

from 16 to 24 for the 2015 Fifa Women’s World Cup.

Fifa president Joseph Blatter described the meeting on Robben

Island as a historic one and also disclosed Fifa has made President Jacob Zuma

an honorary referee after his role in the Makana Football Association, which has

been accepted as a member of the organisation.

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