MLS clubs receive over $7 million in FIFA World Cup 2022 benefits

World Cup report '22

As part of the FIFA Club Benefits Program (CBP) for player participation in the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar, 25 different Major League Soccer clubs will receive nearly $7.2 million in combined payments.

The rounded per-player daily amount of $10,950 – regardless of how many minutes they played during the tournament – is divided and distributed to the club(s) with which the player was registered in the two years leading up to the final competition. In its entirety, the CBP will pay out $209 million following the release of 837 players from 440 clubs.

Concacaf clubs receive 8% of the total pool, with MLS sides CF Montréal (third), Seattle Sounders FC (fourth) and LAFC (fifth) among the region's top five earners. The four MLS clubs not receiving payments are Austin FC, Portland Timbers, Sporting Kansas City and St. Louis CITY SC.

While in Qatar, 36 MLS players were called up across 12 of 32 participating nations, led by nine for the United States and 11 for Canada. Argentina defeated France in the final, a match that saw Atlanta United midfielder Thiago Almada become the first active MLS player to win a World Cup title.

The CBP will increase to $355 million for the 2026 FIFA World Cup that's co-hosted across the United States, Mexico and Canada.

MLS clubs: 2022 World Cup payments
Money received 
CF Montréal
Seattle Sounders FC
Toronto FC
Nashville SC
Chicago Fire FC
New York City FC
Vancouver Whitecaps FC
Orlando City SC
Philadelphia Union
New England Revolution
Colorado Rapids
FC Dallas
New York Red Bulls
FC Cincinnati
Minnesota United FC
Atlanta United
Charlotte FC
Columbus Crew
Inter Miami CF
LA Galaxy
Real Salt Lake
Houston Dynamo FC
San Jose Earthquakes
D.C. United