Remember the World Cup and watching Clint Dempsey and DeAndre Yedlin take the field for the United States? Damn that was fun. It was even more fun for executives at Seattle Sounders FC and MLS. Thanks to a FIFA rule that compensates clubs for players that participate in the World Cup Seattle made $165,900. (Although, it turns out that money probably went to the league.) That's in addition to any less tangible marketing and player development benefits.
Seattle was 6th among MLS teams in generating that compensation. In total MLS clubs took in $1,793,632 barely more than top single club earner Bayern Munich. Liga MX teams pulled in $2,380,934 in compensation. No NASL nor USL PRO teams collected any funds.
According to the European Club Association (ECA), FIFA paid $2,800 for each day players were on official national team duty for the World Cup. That sum was shared between clubs that the player had been registered for in the two years leading up to the World Cup. The ECA says 396 clubs from 57 countries got FIFA payments, which ranged from Bayern's $1,734,367 million to a paltry $6,300 picked up by Ipswich Town.
Five Qatari clubs received compensation as did fourteen from Russia.