Increase the prize fund for the FA Women’s cup

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This was brought to our attention a couple of days ago and I have to say that I am staggered! FA Women’s Cup winners get £5k – the winners of the men’s FA Cup Final get £1.8 MILLION.
I am even more staggered that, despite a considerable amount of sharing of this petition, only 50 people have cared enough to sign after three days!

You can add your name here: change.org

Increase the prize fund for the FA Women’s Cup
Hugh Franklin Birmingham, United Kingdom

The FA Cup is one of the oldest and most highly regarded domestic club tournaments in the world. The women’s equivalent, the FA Women’s Cup was originally founded in 1970 yet after the 45 years, the disparity between the men’s and women’s competition is larger than ever.

In terms of the prize fund, and the amount of money awarded to each winner in each of the rounds, the difference is stark. For the 2014/15 season, the Prize Fund for each of the rounds of the Women’s FA Cup:

Preliminary Round winners (32) £125
First Round Qualifying winners (70) £150
Second Round Qualifying winners (35) £200
Third Round Qualifying winners (40) £225
First Round Proper winners (20) £250
Second Round Proper winners (22) £300
Third Round Proper winners (16) £400
Fourth Round Proper winners (8) £500
Fifth Round Proper winners (8) £600
Sixth Round Proper winners (4) £1,000
Semi Final winners (2) £2,000
Final runners-up (1) £2,000
Final winners (1) £5,000
As the First Round winners in the 2015/16 FA Women’s Cup receive the same amount as the First Round winners in 2014/15, it seems like this prize fund will be similar for this year

In contrast, the men’s prize fund for the 2015/16 season:

Extra preliminary round winners (184) £1,500
Preliminary round winners (160) £1,925
First round qualifying winners (116) £3,000
Second Round Qualifying winners (80) £4,500
Third Round Qualifying winners (40) £7,500
Fourth Round Qualifying winners (32) £12,500
First Round Proper winners (40) £18,000
Second Round Proper winners (20) £27,000
Third Round Proper winners (32) £67,500
Fourth Round Proper winners (16) £90,000
Fifth Round Proper winners (8) £180,000
Sixth Round Proper winners (4) £360,000
Semi-Final winners (2) £900,000
Semi-Final losers (2) £450,000
Final runners-up (1) £900,000
Final winners (1) £1,800,000
Therefore the winners of the Women’s FA Cup First Round proper will receive 5 times less than the winners of the Extra Preliminary Round in the men’s competition. Likewise the winners of the FA Women’s Cup Semi-Final will receive less money than the winners of the 1st Round Qualifying. Even the FA Women’s Cup Winners will receive less money than a team winning in the Third Round Qualifying Round of the men’s competition. How is this morally defensible?!

This petition urges Greg Dyke, Chairman of the FA, and the Football Association to increase the prize fund for the FA Women’s Cup. While absolute parity with the men’s competition may not be feasible with the current state of development of the women’s game, funding can and should be increased to a fair yet sustainable level to reflect the efforts of clubs and players on and off the pitch and provide a fair reward for success. With current funding levels, even teams that make the Final stand to lose money. Furthermore, the FA Cup has been seen to have a huge benefit for the finances of non-league and lower league clubs in the men’s competition. Thus the prize fund should be increased for all stages of the FA Women’s Cup in order to facilitate the trickle-down of money to teams in the lower leagues and to help these club to gain greater financial security. This is particularly urgent due to the number of women’s clubs that have folded due to financial reasons and continue to fold.

Letter to

Chairman of the Football Association Greg DykeTHE FOOTBALL ASSOCIATION Increase the prize fund for the FA Women’s Cup to a fair yet sustainable level to reflect the efforts of clubs and players on and off the pitch and provide a fair reward for success and support women’s football at all levels, from grassroots to the Women’s Super League.