New reports have shown that the winning 2019 Women's World Cup team will earn less than FIFA President Gianni Infantino and Secretary General Fatma Samoura.
FIFA’s 2018 governance report, released during the FIFA Council meeting in Miami on March 15, showed that the two were paid a combined total of USD $4,071,134.
Breaking that down, Infantino earned a base salary of $1.98 million with a “variable” salary of $555,000 while Samoura's wages were $1.34 million and $195,000. Both benefited from the same flat rate of $24,319.
It was a $460,346 increase from 2017 not including the "variable" salary which was not available in last year's report.
The winners in France this July will receive prize money of $4 million, however, that will go directly to the federation before negotiations are made to pass it onto the 23 players.
The recent FIFA financial report broke down how the rest of the total prize money of $30 million would be split between the 24 teams.
However, the men's prize money of $400 million will receive a 10 per cent increase ahead of Qatar 2022.
The runners-up in France will pocket $2.6 million, semi-finalists $1.6 million to $2 million and quarter-finalists $1.45 million, while nations eliminated in the round of 16 will receive $1 million each and the remaining eight teams will pocket $750,000.
FIFA will also split $20 million between pre-tournament preparations ($11.52 million) and club benefit reward program ($8.48 million) for releasing players for World Cup duty - a Women's World Cup first.
The financial report also showed that FIFA made a profit of $1.2 billion from 2015-2018 cycle, which is almost 12 times what was budgeted for. They also have reserves of $2.74 billion, which is an unprecedented high for the organisation.
While the World Cup in Russia brought in 83 per cent of FIFA revenue ($6.4 million), there are no figures to determine how much money the women's tournament generates as it's commercial rights aren't sold separately and the majority of the top sponsors are used for both events.
However, FIFA has drawn criticism from player unions across the world for not investing enough in women's football including the Professional Footballers Australia (PFA).
"There is simply no basis for the incredible gap that exists between FIFA's investment in the World Cup for men and the World Cup for women," PFA Deputy Chief Executive Kathryn Gill said.
"If FIFA can elect to allocate millions upon millions to their Executives from the billions in dollars they generate, then there is absolutely nothing preventing them from allocating a fair share of that to invest in national associations and players who are taking women's football to greater heights by the day.
"That the entire women's game is valued at below 2.5% of FIFA's profits over a 4-year World Cycle demonstrates that FIFA is not serious about living up to the gender equality principles it pronounces in its Statutes nor making football the number one sport for women across the world."