ENGLAND WOMEN may be European champions but they earn a pittance compared to their male counterparts.
Not only do WSL players reportedly earn on average £47,000 a year, but the Lionesses’ bonus for winning Euro 2022 was just £55,000 per player.
The men’s team earned 82 percent more, with each player collecting £300,000 for reaching the final of Euro 2020 – winning the tournament would have led to a £460,000 payout.
Players for both the men and women’s team are paid £2000 for each England appearance, with England men donating this fee to charity.
But that is where the equality ends, with a BBC study finding WSL players earn £47,000 a year on average.
There are some higher earners amongst the Lionesses, such as captain Leah Williamson who earns a reported £200,000 a year.
Right-back Luzy Bronze was believed to be on a similar wage at Manchester City before her transfer to Barcelona this summer.
Williamson could earn more from her off-field partnerships, which includes deals with Nike, Pepsi, and most recently fashion designer Gucci.
Beth Meade is also thought to have built her £413,000 fortune mainly from sponsorship deals – as she only earns £25,000 a year at Arsenal.
Lioness boss Sarina Wiegmann is the best paid of all on a reported £400k-a-year salary.
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Wiegmann was paid £200,000 as a bonus for winning the Euros and is set to be rewarded again in the form of a new contract.
But pay could increase as a result of the tournament’s success, which saw a record attendance for any Euros game at Wembley for the final.
Attracting sponsors such as Visa, Heineken, Lego and Pepsi helped increase UEFA’s revenue stream by £25-£33m per year, report the BBC.
And those figures are only going to increase as the women’s game continues to grow in popularity.