As part of its commitment to recognise the contribution that football clubs make to the successful staging of the World Cup, FIFA on Tuesday started the application process for its Club Benefits Programme that will see $209m distributed to clubs across the world.
This initiative already saw 416 clubs from 63 member associations benefiting from the same amount following the 2018 World Cup.
For the first time, clubs will be able to apply digitally through the FIFA Professional Football Landscape platform with approximately $10,000 to be received for each one of the days the relevant player remains with his national team during the FIFA World Cup 2022 and the official preparation period. The compensation will be paid to all clubs for which the footballer has played in the two years prior to the FIFA World Cup 2022.
The Club Benefits Programme is part of a broader collaboration agreement between FIFA and the European Club Association, which was first launched ahead of the 2010 FIFA World Cup and further extended in 2015 to cover both the 2018 and 2022 FIFA World Cups.