There are six FIFA Confederations, each one with their own Regional Cup. Participating national teams receive a prize money during the competition. In here we are just going to observe the prize given to the winner and runner-up of the six tournaments below.
Africa: Confederation of African Football (CAF)
Asia: Asia Football Confederation (AFC)
Europe: Union des Associations Européennes de Football (UEFA)
North and Central America, Caribbean : Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF)
Oceania: Oceania Football Confederation (OFC)
South America: Confederación Sudamericana de Fútbol (CONMEBOL)
The amount of money given differs by region.
|Europe: EURO 2020||€ 10 million |
(US $11.4 million)**
|€ 7 million|
(US $7.98 million)**
|South America: Copa América 2019||US $7.5 million||US $5 million|
|Asia: Asian Cup 2019||US $5 million||US $3 million|
|Africa: Africa Cup of Nations 2019||US $4.5 million||US $2.5 million|
|North and Central America, Caribbean: Gold Cup 2015*||US $1 million||US $500,000|
|Oceania: OFC Nations Cup 2020||US $0||US $0|
Europe and South America
The EURO and Copa América are the two most popular tournaments. They generate a great deal of attention and money since both have the best national teams (e.g. Germany, France, Brazil, Argentina) and most of the greatest football players in the world; creating a fierce competition for the title.
Asia and Africa
During the past few years, Asia has increased the prize received by the champion and runner-up. This was done to raise the level of play and boost investment in the sport.
In 2017, CAF also increased the prize for all its tournaments. The signing of Total (Oil Company) as their new sponsor was a big part of this decision.
North and Central America, Caribbean
Even though CONCACAF has 41 members, the confederation distribute the second worst monetary incentive. The interest in the sport is not huge, especially in the two biggest economies. Also, just three countries (Mexico, United States, and Canada) have won the Cup, demonstrating a lack of competition in the region.
*CONCACAF has not published the prize money received by Mexico and United States in the 2019 Gold Cup, however, 2015 is a good indicator.
Oceania is the smallest confederation with a limited budget. The majority of countries have rugby as their favorite sport, leaving football with a small audience. For these reasons, it is difficult for the OFC to hand out a prize money in the final.
*Australia is not part of the OFC, switching to the AFC in 2006.
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