83 per cent of sports now give men and women equal prize money – but football retains largest pay gap

83 per cent of sports now give men and women equal prize money - but football retains biggest pay gap

83 per cent of sports now pay men and women the same amount in prize money, research has revealed.

A study conducted by the BBC into 68 different sports shows that the pay gap has narrowed vastly in recent years, with rewards in women’s sports on the rise.

However, football retained a huge disparity between prize money for men and women, particularly in the difference between the Premier League and the Women’s Super League.

Of the 68 governing bodies contacted, 55 responded to researchers and of those, 44 sports pay prize money. Two of those sports (synchronised swimming and nordic combined) see men and women compete alongside each other, and of the remaining 42, 35 pay prize money in equal measures – making up 83 per cent.

The last time this study was carried out, back in 2014, just 70 per cent of sports boasted equality in terms of prize money. As recently as 1973, not one sport rewarded men and women equally.

But while an increasing number of sports are now rewarding both genders with the same amount of money, football remains way behind its rivals, with women receiving a great deal less than man.

The team that finishes top of the Women’s Super League are currently given no winnings whatsoever, while Chelsea received £38m for winning last season’s Premier League title.

Real Madrid were given £13.5m for winning the Champions League, while Lyon, the winners of the women’s Champions League, gained just £219,920.

Women's football
There have been huge strides in terms of prize money in women’s football, but they remain way behind the men’s game CREDIT: REUTERS

The women’s World Cup winners receive just £2m, compared to the men, who win £35m.

Golf and cricket also had a significant gap between the genders, with the male winner of the US Open pocketing £1.8m – or twice as much as their female counterpart.

The winners of the men’s cricket World Cup are given £3.1m, compared to just £470,500 for the victorious women’s side.

83 per cent of sports now pay men and women the same amount in prize money, research has revealed.

A study conducted by the BBC into 68 different sports shows that the pay gap has narrowed vastly in recent years, with rewards in women’s sports on the rise.

However, football retained a huge disparity between prize money for men and women, particularly in the difference between the Premier League and the Women’s Super League.

Of the 68 governing bodies contacted, 55 responded to researchers and of those, 44 sports pay prize money. Two of those sports (synchronised swimming and nordic combined) see men and women compete alongside each other, and of the remaining 42, 35 pay prize money in equal measures – making up 83 per cent.

The last time this study was carried out, back in 2014, just 70 per cent of sports boasted equality in terms of prize money. As recently as 1973, not one sport rewarded men and women equally.

But while an increasing number of sports are now rewarding both genders with the same amount of money, football remains way behind its rivals, with women receiving a great deal less than man.

The team that finishes top of the Women’s Super League are currently given no winnings whatsoever, while Chelsea received £38m for winning last season’s Premier League title.

Real Madrid were given £13.5m for winning the Champions League, while Lyon, the winners of the women’s Champions League, gained just £219,920.

Women's football
There have been huge strides in terms of prize money in women’s football, but they remain way behind the men’s game CREDIT: REUTERS

The women’s World Cup winners receive just £2m, compared to the men, who win £35m.

Golf and cricket also had a significant gap between the genders, with the male winner of the US Open pocketing £1.8m – or twice as much as their female counterpart.

The winners of the men’s cricket World Cup are given £3.1m, compared to just £470,500 for the victorious women’s side.

83 per cent of sports now pay men and women the same amount in prize money, research has revealed.

A study conducted by the BBC into 68 different sports shows that the pay gap has narrowed vastly in recent years, with rewards in women’s sports on the rise.

However, football retained a huge disparity between prize money for men and women, particularly in the difference between the Premier League and the Women’s Super League.

Of the 68 governing bodies contacted, 55 responded to researchers and of those, 44 sports pay prize money. Two of those sports (synchronised swimming and nordic combined) see men and women compete alongside each other, and of the remaining 42, 35 pay prize money in equal measures – making up 83 per cent.

The last time this study was carried out, back in 2014, just 70 per cent of sports boasted equality in terms of prize money. As recently as 1973, not one sport rewarded men and women equally.

But while an increasing number of sports are now rewarding both genders with the same amount of money, football remains way behind its rivals, with women receiving a great deal less than man.

The team that finishes top of the Women’s Super League are currently given no winnings whatsoever, while Chelsea received £38m for winning last season’s Premier League title.

Real Madrid were given £13.5m for winning the Champions League, while Lyon, the winners of the women’s Champions League, gained just £219,920.

Women's football
There have been huge strides in terms of prize money in women’s football, but they remain way behind the men’s game CREDIT: REUTERS

The women’s World Cup winners receive just £2m, compared to the men, who win £35m.

Golf and cricket also had a significant gap between the genders, with the male winner of the US Open pocketing £1.8m – or twice as much as their female counterpart.

The winners of the men’s cricket World Cup are given £3.1m, compared to just £470,500 for the victorious women’s side.