I was watching a game the other day and was a little surprised to hear one of the commentators talk about prize money. For all the years I have watched the world cup it was the first time I heard it. So I looked around and found out that a lot of money is set aside for this. In fact it is 332 million Swiss francs ($270 million) that is set aside for prizes. It was hard to find the data since it was distributed in many small articles.
The amount given to teams range from 7 million Swiss francs (currently $5.6 million) for teams beaten in the first round to 25.5 million Swiss francs ($20 million) for the champion.
So the next question is who gets the money? hmm..