Friday, December 6, 2013
FIFA increases World Cup prize money
FIFA, the world football governing body, has announced new prize money
for the 2014 World Cup and hosts of other age-group events.
It said in a statement, following its executive committee meeting on
Thursday, that the new prize money would be $576 million (about N95
billion) for next year's tournament.
This was an increase of 37 per cent in comparison with the $420
million (about N69 billion) on offer for the 2010 World Cup in South
The winner in Brazil would receive $35 million (N5.41 billion),
followed by $25 million (N3.96 billion) for the runners-up.
Twenty-two million dollars (N3.48 billion) and $20 million (N3.16
billion) would be awarded to the third- and fourth-placed teams
respectively and $14 million (N2.216 billion) for the
The governing body also announced that South Korea would host the U-20
World Cup in 2017, with South Africa staging the U-20 Women's World
Cup in 2016.
India will have an opportunity to showcase its credentials as a major
event destination by hosting the U-17 World Cup in 2017, while Jordan
would hold the U-17 Women's World Cup in 2016.
The governing body added that Mexico City and Kuala Lumpur would stage
the FIFA Congress in 2016 and 2017 respectively.
Meanwhile, Nigeria has been grouped in Group F with Argentina, Iran
and Bosnia Herzegovina in the 2014 World Cup draw held on Friday in
According to the draw, Nigeria would play its first match against Iran
in the group match.