Women’s football numbers comparison - prize money, wages, bonuses and ticket prices

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Women’s football had its biggest night in UK history after England beat Germany 2-1 in a thrilling extra-time Euro 2022 final victory.

Nearly 90,000 fans turned out at Wembley for the event, and a TV audience of more than 17 million watched from home.

With women’s football becoming mainstream more than ever before, many will be wondering what the top players earn.

Despite movement in the right direction, it’s no surprise that there’s still a huge gap between men and women.

But, how much do Women’s Super League footballers get paid? Here’s everything you need to know...

How much do women’s footballers get paid?

The Women’s Super League, which is English football’s top domestic competition, is one of the world’s most competitive, and it features an abundance of talent, from Chelsea’s Sam Kerr to Arsenal’s Vivianne Miedema.

Despite this, the salary for these players can be as low as £20,000 per year. The average WSL salary is £47,000 a year, according to the BBC, compared to players in the Premier League earning an average of £8.2m.

Due to this low payment, some players are being ‘priced out’ of playing professional football, due to the lack of opportunities.

At the other end of the spectrum, a select few players have contracts of more than £300,000 a year.

How do male and female footballers’ bonuses compare?

According to The Telegraph, The Lionesses are set to earn the “most generous bonus in the FA’s history” after winning the Euros, with each player set to get £55,000.

However, that £1.3 million handout to the squad would be much lower than the £5 million bonus the men’s team would reportedly have shared had they won the Euros last summer.

How much do Women’s Super League tickets cost?

In comparison to the Premier League, WSL tickets are relatively cheap and easy to purchase. Sides rarely charge more than £10 for adults, with children’s prices often less than £5.

Season tickets can cost around £40. General tickets often cost around £10, and Arsenal and West Ham have the most expensive, with both selling their adult tickets for £12.

For Arsenal, that rises to £15 if you are buying on the day.

In comparison, season tickets for men’s league teams can go for as much as £2,000.

Research byThe Athletic shows that for 2022/2023:

  • Five clubs have broken the £1,000 barrier for their most expensive season ticket, with Tottenham Hotspur selling them for prices up to £2,025.

  • The average most expensive adult ticket is £946.50; the cheapest is £547.

Highest-paid women’s footballers in 2021

  1. Carli Lloyd (now retired): £432,000 ($518,000)

  2. Sam Kerr: £417,000 ($500,000)

  3. Alex Morgan: £375,000 ($450,000)

  4. Megan Rapinoe: £373,000 ($447,000)

  5. Julie Ertz: £359,000 ($430,000)

  6. Ada Hegerberg: £355,000 ($425,000)

  7. Marta: £334,000 ($400,000)

(According to 888Sport)

Highest-paid male football players in 2021

  1. Cristiano Ronaldo – Manchester United – $125m

  2. Lionel Messi – PSG – $110m

  3. Neymar – PSG – $95m

  4. Kylian Mbappé – PSG – $43m

  5. Mohamed Salah – Liverpool – $41m

  6. Robert Lewandowski – Bayern Munich – $35m

  7. Andres Iniesta – Vissel Kobe – $35m

(According to Forbes)

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