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FA announce increase in Women’s FA Cup prize money

There will be a “significant increase” in prize money for the Women’s FA Cup as of next season, the Football Association (FA) has announced amid planned protests.

The women’s FA Cup winner takes home £25,000, while the runners-up walk away with £15,000. Meanwhile, male counterparts pocket £1.8m with £900,000 for the second-best team.

According to multiple reports, the FA Cup prize money disparity issue arose during a Parliamentary debate on women’s football, with Alison McGovern, the MP for Wirral South, stating there was “absolutely no objective justification for that incredible disparity in prize money”.

Protests organised by the Women’s Football fan Collective against the disparity in prize money are set to take place at this weekend’s Women’s Cup round matches.

The FA released a statement that reads as follows:

“The FA has had a clear plan for women’s football that has seen it become one of the biggest successes across sport in our country. The growth at all levels has been game-changing, and we’re incredibly proud of the progress that we have led.

“The Vitality Women’s FA Cup’s significant development over the last few years is just one example of this growth.

“Whilst the competition doesn’t yet drive commercial revenue to fund prize money growth, The FA Board has agreed a significant increase in prize money to support the competition’s continued development.

“More details are to be announced in due course, and the additional prize money will come into effect from the 2022/23 season.”

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