The Women's World Cup in France, this week backed by Orange, will offer the winners $4 million ©FIFA

The winners of this year's Women’s World Cup in France will get prize money of $4 million (£3 million/€3.5 million), just over one-tenth of the $38 million (£28.8 million/€33.5 million) which the French team received for winning last year's men's tournament. 

The prize money breakdown is contained in the newly-published FIFA financial report for 2018.

This also reveals that the beaten finalists will pocket $2.6 million (£1.97 million/€2.29 million), beaten semi-finalists $1.6 million to $2 million (£1.21 million-£1.52 million/€1.41 million-€1.76 million) and beaten quarter-finalists $1.45 million (£1.1 million/€1.28 million).

Sides eliminated at the last-16 stage will receive $1 million (£758,000/€881,000) each; the remaining eight teams will pocket $750,000 (£568,500/€660,750).

As already reported, overall prize money has been set at $30 million (£22.7 million/€26.4 million), double the $15 million (£11.4 million/€13.2 million) paid out at the last Women’s World Cup in Canada in 2015.

FIFA has also introduced preparation money for the 24 teams who have qualified for the tournament, to be played in June and July.

This will total $11.52 million (£8.73 million/€10.15 million) and be used to support organisation of preparation matches.

The women's winners will receive one-tenth of the amount France did for triumphing at the men's tournament in Russia ©Getty Images
The women's winners will receive one-tenth of the amount France did for triumphing at the men's tournament in Russia ©Getty Images

An $8.48 million (£6.43 million/€7.47 million) club benefits programme is being introduced too, taking the governing body’s overall contribution to the national associations and clubs of participating players to $50 million (£37.9 million/€44 million).

The prize money increase was not enough to stave off criticism from FIFPro, the world players’ union, when it was announced last year.

Total prize money at the Russia 2018 men’s World Cup was $400 million (£303 million/€352 million), with even the 16 teams knocked out at the group stage pocketing $8 million (£6 million/€7 million) each. 

Details of the France 2019 payments come as a row over equal pay for the national women’s football team in the United States continues to rumble.

Meanwhile, commercial interest in women’s football seems to be increasing.

Orange this week joined Arkema, Crédit Agricole, EDF, Proman and SNCF in the line-up of France 2019 National Supporters.

The new FIFA financial report also reveals that the governing body will invest $16 million (£12.1 million/€14.1 million) in the Tokyo 2020 Olympic football tournaments.