China Daily (Hong Kong) - - SPORTS -

The 32 teams at next year’s World Cup fi­nals will share a to­tal fund of $576 mil­lion, in­clud­ing a prize money pot of $358m with the win­ner tak­ing home $35m, FIFA said on Thurs­day.

The amount of money made avail­able to the coun­tries tak­ing part has in­creased 37 per­cent from the $420m of­fered at the 2010 fi­nals in South Africa. The win­ners’ prize money has gone up $5m.

The de­ci­sion was an­nounced by FIFA sec­re­tary-gen­eral Jerome Val­cke at a me­dia con­fer­ence fol­low­ing the two-day FIFA ex­ec­u­tive com­mit­tee, which ended on Thurs­day.

The run­ner-up in Brazil next year will pocket $25m, while the third-place team will take home $22m and the fourth-place team $20m. The four teams elim­i­nated in the quar­ter­fi­nals will leave with $14m; teams in the last 16 will re­ceive $9m; and those elim­i­nated in the first round will get $8m.

In ad­di­tion, each of the 32 fi­nal­ists will re­ceive $1.5m for their “prepa­ra­tion costs”, up $500,000 from 2010.

“There will also be awards of $70m for the clubs whose play­ers are tak­ing part in the World Cup and, in ad­di­tion to that, $20m will be given as a legacy to Brazil­ian foot­ball,” Val­cke said.

“We will not wait for the start of the World Cup for that, those pay­ments will start im­me­di­ately and will rise to $100m in the fu­ture.”

Val­cke con­firmed that the legacy money would be put into grass­roots soc­cer in Brazil as well as ed­u­ca­tion and health projects linked to the sport in the coun­try.

The grand to­tal of $576m in­cludes a fig­ure of $100m avail­able as insurance for play­ers in­jured while play­ing for their na­tional teams, known as the club pro­tec­tion pro­gram.

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