Belfast’s four Women’s Premiership clubs are set to benefit to the tune of a whopping €130,000 on the back of the Women’s Euro 2022 finals — but only after a key decision made by UEFA.
Thanks to the European governing body doubling the financial pot from €8m at the 2017 tournament to €16m this time around, clubs, as well as national associations, will now pick up welcome cash boosts, with current Premiership leaders Cliftonville Ladies set to profit most, with a cool €60,000 (£51,600) coming the way of the Solitude outfit.
For the first time UEFA are putting the clubs of female players on a par with their male counterparts by paying compensation fees to clubs, with a minimum of €10,000 (£8,600) per player paid.
The Irish FA, however, had to appeal to UEFA for dispensation to allow clubs to pick up the cash due to the domestic league still having amateur status.
UEFA in the past have deemed payments to international players as permissible because it is considered elite, and that has allowed women’s clubs to pick up these previously unprecedented levels of income.
Cliftonville have six players in the Northern Ireland squad that will play in the finals for the first time, led by captain Marissa Callaghan. Glentoran Women will pick up €40,000 for their four representatives, Crusaders Strikers will receive €20,000 and Linfield Ladies will have €10,000 coming their way when payments are made later in the year.
They would pick up a further €3,000 per player should Northern Ireland pull off an amazing qualification for the quarter-finals.
UEFA have set aside €4.5m for clubs, totalling over a quarter of the overall prize pot.
Each national association will pick up €600,000 (£516,000) for participating in the tournament, double the pay-out from 2017, but paling in comparison to the €9.25m (£8m) received by those who played in the men’s Euro 2020 finals.