FIFA promises $300K bonuses from World Cup income to national federations for 2018 qualifiers

Associated Press

FIFA plans to give a further $300,000 bonus to each of its 209 member federations from 2014 World Cup revenues.

FIFA says the payments will help cover "the costs of qualification for the 2018 FIFA World Cup."

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The payments follow FIFA President Sepp Blatter's promise in June that each member will get a $750,000 bonus.

FIFA banked more than $4 billion from commercial deals linked to the tournament.

The bonuses would be paid equally to South American nations playing 18 qualifying matches and teams in other confederations set to be eliminated after just two matches.

In 2014 World Cup qualifying, four of FIFA's then-208 members did not enter and two later withdrew.

FIFA says payments must be approved by audit committee chairman Domenico Scala.