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USWNT Olympic prize cash: How a lot bonus cash USA ladies's nationwide soccer staff stands to earn


The U.S. ladies’s nationwide soccer staff gained the bronze medal on the 2021 Tokyo Olympics, however along with a spot on the rostrum, the match additionally carried important monetary stakes for the gamers concerned.

On prime of the prize cash awarded by the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee to athletes who medal, there may be additionally a predetermined bonus as stipulated within the collective bargaining settlement between the gamers and the U.S. Soccer Federation. The CBA is ready to run out on the finish of 2021.

It’s as much as every nation to resolve whether or not to compensate their athletes and the way a lot to compensate them for medal bonuses or different Olympic prizes. The Worldwide Olympic Committee doesn’t provide bonuses or prizes, and per the Olympic Constitution, participation of athletes within the Olympic Video games is just not conditional on any monetary compensation.

Right here’s the breakdown of the cash that might be heading the USWNT’s method from the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee, the U.S. Soccer Federation medal bonus pool and a post-Olympic match tour:

1. U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee medal bonus cash

The USOPC has a medal bonus program referred to as Operation Gold. This system pays out predetermined quantities of cash to athletes who obtain gold, silver and bronze on the Olympics and Paralympics. The bonuses are the identical for all American medal winners, no matter sport. The USOPC elevated the bonus quantities by 50 % in 2017:

  • Gold: $37,500
  • Silver: $22,500
  • Bronze: $15,000

Every of the 22 USWNT gamers obtain $15,000 after the 4-3 victory over Australia within the bronze-medal match.

2. Medal bonus from U.S. Soccer Federation

Every sports activities governing physique in the USA (for soccer, it is the U.S. Soccer Federation) can create a separate incentive construction for athletes on prime of the prize awarded by the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee.

The U.S. Girls’s Nationwide Group has a collective bargaining settlement with the U.S. Soccer Federation that particulars the rewards for all 22 gamers on the Olympic roster.

Along with a $25,000 roster bonus for making the staff, every participant additionally receives the next prize cash primarily based on medal end:

  • Bronze medal: $25,000 per participant
  • Silver medal: $55,500 per participant
  • Gold medal: $100,000 per participant

The USA’s bronze-medal end secures the $25,000-per-player bonus. The staff would have acquired no bonus cash had it failed to complete on the rostrum.

3. Submit-Olympic tour

The CBA additionally stipulates the compensation to gamers for a post-Olympic tour of 4 matches to be performed in the USA. The cash the gamers will obtain for these video games can also be dictated by Olympic end:

  • Gold: $300,000 per recreation ($1,200,000 complete)
  • Silver: $250,000 per recreation ($1,000,000 complete)
  • Bronze: $200,000 per recreation ($800,000 complete)

It’s as much as the gamers to find out find out how to divide the cash they obtain for the post-Olympic tour. If the staff had not gained a medal in Tokyo, the tour would nonetheless happen however the participant compensation for the 4 friendlies would fall beneath the common pleasant win/draw bonus as outlined within the CBA ($1,750 for a draw, $8,500 for a win). 

Complete Olympic prize cash for bronze medal

The straightforward math reveals {that a} win within the bronze-medal recreation ensures every USWNT participant $101,364, assuming the Olympic tour cash is evenly break up among the many 22 gamers.

A loss within the bronze-medal match would have left every participant with solely a $25,000 roster bonus, a distinction of $76,364:

  • USSF roster bonus: $25,000 per participant
  • USSF bronze medal: $25,000 per participant
  • USOPC bronze medal: $15,000 per participant
  • USSF Olympic tour: $36,364 (as bronze medalists)
  • TOTAL BONUS MONEY: $101,364

The bonus cash would have greater than doubled within the case of a gold medal ($217,045) and been almost 50 % higher within the case of a silver ($148,094).


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