FIFA confirmed in October 2017 that a total of $400 million would be shared between the participants at the 2018 World Cup in the form of prize money.
• Simply reaching the finals is worth a minimum of $9.5m ($8m for taking part in the group stage and $1.5m for tournament costs).
• If a team progresses from the group stage but gets knocked out at the round of 16 they will be rewarded with an extra $4m (a total of $12m).
• Teams that are eliminated in the quarter-final stage will receive a further $4m ($16m) and the final four will each receive different amounts, depending on how well they do.
• The beaten semi-finalists who contest the third-place play-off will share $46m, with $24m going to winner and $22m going to the loser.
• The 2018 World Cup final is a $66m game and the winners will be paid $38m with the runners-up getting $28m.
Those figures will be boosted by the $1.5m for tournament costs and all prizes will be paid out after the completion of the competition. Meanwhile, the prize money available to participants at the last World Cup in 2014 was slightly lower with the overall pot coming in at $358m – $42m less than 2018.