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Man Utd, Liverpool and other Premier League clubs set to receive World Cup windfall as £300m figure revealed

Rory O'Callaghan

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Man Utd, Liverpool and other Premier League clubs set to receive World Cup windfall as £300m figure revealed

Premier League clubs are set to receive a 'huge cash uplift' from FIFA when the next World Cup takes place in 2026.

Argentina were recently crowned world champions for the third time after winning the most recent World Cup in Qatar during the winter.

The Premier League, and other domestic competitions around the world, were put on hold for more than a month to accommodate the tournament, which was moved from its traditional summer slot because of the host nation.

Ahead of the tournament, world football's governing body FIFA announced that it would be paying almost £190m to clubs around the world who had players competing at the World Cup, as part of its Club Benefits Programme.


Clubs received around $10,000 (£8,155) for each day their player was involved at the tournament, including the preparation period.

It has now been reported that the amount clubs will receive from FIFA is set to increase for the 2026 World Cup, which will be hosted by Canada, the United States and Mexico.


Clubs to receive more money from FIFA


"FIFA is set to pay clubs around £300 million for sending players to the 2026 World Cup in a huge cash uplift, @SkyNews understands," tweeted Sky News journalist Rob Harris.

"Fund agreed by FIFA and the European Club Association is 75%+ more than the one for 2022 World Cup."

He later added on Sky News: "This is all about bringing the clubs more on side within FIFA.

"There had been some concern from the major clubs that FIFA was going ahead and launching new competitions without their approval.


"From 2025 there will be a new club competition worldwide, the Club World Cup, which will feature 32 teams – increasing from the annual seven-team competition.

"What I'm told is, major European clubs are going to get into a joint venture with FIFA to sell the commercial rights for this new, expanded competition. This is a way for the clubs to gain more in the global game and giving them the wealth, which perhaps goes against the Super League plans that we heard so much about a couple of years ago."

The increase in money for FIFAs Club Benefits Programme is good news for teams in the Premier League - particularly the 'Big Six', who are likely to have the majority of their senior players involved in the tournament.

Manchester City had 16 of their players take part in the 2022 World Cup, more than any other clubs in the Premier League.


Their rivals Manchester United were next on the list with 13 players involved, followed by Chelsea (12), Tottenham (11), Arsenal (10), Brighton (8) and Liverpool (7).

Featured Image Credit: Alamy

Topics: FIFA, Football World Cup, Premier League, Football

Rory O'Callaghan
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