England Women player salaries: How much do the Lionesses get paid?

With the memory of their splendid victory at Euro 2022 still fresh, England Women’s National Football Team is eyeing an even bigger prize at the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023. On Sunday, Millie Bright will lead England in the World Cup Final at Stadium Australia in Sydney. As they stand on the precipice of glory, we took a look at the finances of England Womens’ stars. How much do the Lionesses get paid? Let’s find out.

England Women player salaries: How much do the Lionesses get paid?
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How much do the Lionesses get paid?

The Football Association (FA) has introduced a policy of equal pay for both the England Men’s and Women’s National Football Teams. This signifies that male and female footballers who play for England now receive identical compensation when representing their country.

The FA rewarded the Lionesses with a £55,000 bonus for winning the UEFA Women’s European Championships in 2022. According to reports, every player receives £2,000 for each England game they participate in, just like their male counterparts.

The UEFA added a little sparkle to the England Women’s team’s celebration after they became the European champions. England’s unforgettable win at Wembley against Germany in the UEFA European Championship Final 2022 pocketed them £1.74 million in total!

Despite equal match fees, substantial differences continue to exist in how prize money is divided between the men’s and women’s teams. The Women’s Euros victory translated to a £55,000 bonus per player, according to The Sun. In contrast, the men’s team received £300,000 per player for making it to the final of the 2020 Euros.

How much do the Lionesses get paid at the World Cup?

In parity with the men’s team, every Lioness received £10,000 to bring their family to Australia-New Zealand for attending the World Cup. A guaranteed sum of £24,000 awaited all players, regardless of whether they were eliminated during the group stages. For reaching the knockout stages, every player would get £47,000. For making it a step further, to the quarterfinals, the individual bonus increased to £70,000.

Securing the fourth position would result in a player earning £128,000 while achieving third place grants each squad member a sum of £141,000.

Since Sarina Wiegman’s side has made it to the final, every England player is guaranteed to receive £154,000. For winning the competition, England’s World Cup heroines will bank no less than £213,000 per person.

How much do WSL players make?

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Fran Kirby is reportedly the highest-earning English footballer in the WSL – Photo by Icon sport

In England, the Women’s Super League (WSL) stands as the premier division in women’s football. The average annual salary for WSL players falls between £25,000 and £27,000. While some may earn less (£20,000), others might earn slightly more (£30,000).

That being said, the most high-profile footballers earn well beyond these amounts. Chelsea’s Sam Kerr, for example, rakes in as much as £400,000 per year.

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Alex Greenwood is one of the highest-paid WSL players in England’s FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023 squad – Photo by Icon sport

Fran Kirby, who could not make it to the World Cup because of undergoing surgery, is reportedly the most well-paid English footballer in the WSL. It’s reported that the Chelsea forward receives an annual salary of £310,250. She has played a crucial role in Chelsea’s achievements in recent times. Kirby was honoured as the FWA Women’s Footballer of the Year in 2021. The 30-year-old also played a pivotal part in England’s EURO victory in 2022.

Since Kirby is not a part of England’s FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023 squad, Manchester City defender Alex Greenwood is the best-paid WSL footballer on the team. She reportedly receives paychecks worth £200,00 every year from The Citizens.

How much do the Lionesses make from advertisement deals?

Before recently sealing an undisclosed deal with Gucci, England Women’s captain Leah Williamson’s reported valuation amounted to £4 million, with the majority stemming from her associations with Pepsi and Nike, as outlined by The Daily Mail. Lioness Lucy Bronze has inked deals with Pepsi, EE, and VISA, while Chloe Kelly was reportedly engaged in discussions for a potential £2 million partnership with Landrover.

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