England’s Lionesses staggeringly little wages a week earned compared to male counterparts revealed including bonuses


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.

Leah Williamson is amongst England's highest earners on £200,00 a week


Leah Williamson is amongst England’s highest earners on £200,00 a weekCredit: Getty
Sarina Wiegman earns a reported £400,000 a year


Sarina Wiegman earns a reported £400,000 a yearCredit: Getty

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.


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.


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here


More like this