Manchester United, Arsenal and Liverpool could all make millions of pounds from the World Cup courtesy of a FIFA fund that compensates clubs for every day their players are away in Qatar. The World Cup is set to get underway next Sunday, with the final of the competition scheduled for Sunday, December 18.
FIFA’s club benefits programme launched ahead of the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, with teams across the world also receiving payments for the 2014 tournament in Brazil and the 2018 tournament in Russia.
Four years ago, clubs were entitled to approximately £6,440 per player for every day they were away with their country at the World Cup. But FIFA will pay clubs around £8,500 per day this time around. And clubs across the Premier League will benefit handsomely.
The Red Devils have a whole host of players going to the World Cup, which is being played during the northern hemisphere’s winter for the first time. England have included Harry Maguire, Marcus Rashford and Luke Shaw in their squad, Portugal are taking Bruno Fernandes, Cristiano Ronaldo and Diogo Dalot, and Brazil have named Casemiro, Antony, Fred and Alex Telles in theirs. Christian Eriksen and Raphael Varane are also going – and there could be more departures when other countries confirm their squads.
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“A total of $209million has been allocated and each club will receive around $10,000 for each day that one of its players spends at the competition. The amount clubs receive will depend on how far the player’s national team go in the competition, until a maximum of $370k for reaching the final.
“The same amount will be distributed for all players in a national team, regardless of how many minutes they play. Just like in 2018, the programme will reward not only the clubs that release the players to go to the FIFA World Cup, but also all the clubs where those players were registered in the two years prior to the World Cup. This will ensure that the clubs that played their part in the World Cup qualifying journey also benefit.”