FIFA handed out $789,960 to 59 U.S. clubs -- nine
pro clubs from the NWSL and 50 youth clubs -- as part of the $8.46 million distributed to clubs that trained and released players for the 2019 Women's World Cup in France.
FIFA: Women’s World Cup Club Solidarity Fund 2019
The USA received the most money. England and France were second and third with $734,720 and $704,650, respectively. In all, 822 clubs from 39 countries around the world shared in the funds.
The NWSL's Portland Thorns received the most amount of any U.S. club with $84,200. (French club Lyon, Europe's dominant team, led all clubs in the world with payments of $178,770.)
The top three payments to U.S. youth clubs were:
-- Arizona's Sereno Soccer Club, now known as Real Salt Lake Arizona (Julie Ertz, Jessica McDonald), $15,350;
-- Real Colorado (Mallory Pugh, Janine Beckie), $13,180;
-- New York's Albertson Soccer Club (Crystal Dunn, Allie Long), $10,230.
The smallest payment to a U.S. youth club was the $750 New York's Auburndale Soccer Club received. Jamaican keeper Nicole McClure grew up in Jamaica (Queens) and played for Auburndale.
That U.S. clubs shared in the highest rewards was expected as all 23 players on the champion U.S. national team played for NWSL clubs and grew up in the U.S. youth system. (Payments were based on how many days players were at the World Cup so the clubs of players from the USA and the Netherlands, the two finalists, received the highest amounts.)
In addition, Australia and Canada stacked their squads with NWSL players, and almost two dozen players on other World Cup teams -- mostly Jamaican-Americans -- had ties to U.S. youth clubs.
To recognize the contributions of clubs at which 2019 Women’s World Cup players were developed and currently play, FIFA created the Women’s World Cup Club Solidarity Fund as part of the $50 million in moneys it committed to paying out for France 2019.
The amounts in the Women’s World Cup Club Solidarity Fund