2021 FINA World Cup To Award Prize Money By Meet and Overall Series Rank

FINA has now finalized prize money for the four-stop schedule for the 2021 World Cup Series, which will take place during the month of October. All four stops will be contested in 25-meter pools (SCM), all acting as qualifiers for the 2021 FINA World Short Course Championships, which will be held in Abu Dhabi, UAE from December 16-21.

Official 2021 FINA Swimming World Cup Schedule:

  •  October 1-3 (Stage 1) – Berlin, GER
  • October 7-9 (Stage 1) – Budapest, HUN
  • October 21-23 (Stage 2) – Doha, QAT
  • October 28-30 (Stage 2) – Kazan, RUS

Prize Money System

The 2021 prize money system will award swimmers both by single meet ranking and by overall series ranking.  There are two ways a swimmer can score points at each World Cup meet. Qualifying into any event championship final guarantees a swimmer points based on finishing in the top eight. A swimmer can also collect performance points, converting their finishing time into FINA points, which contributes to that event’s points.

There is no limit to the number of events a swimmer can compete per meet. However, only that swimmer’s top three best events, based on the sum of their position/performance points, are counted towards their score. Full information regarding 2021 World Cup prize money can be found on this document here.

Points System

As mentioned before, there are two ways a swimmer can earn points at a meet: qualifying into a championship final and performance points. Any championship finalist can score between 1-10 points based on their top-eight placement, with first place earning 10 points while eighth place earns one point.

2021 Finalist Points
Position Points
1st 10
2nd 8
3rd 6
4th 5
5th 4
6th 3
7th 2
8th 1

Every swim also receives performance points based on the current FINA points system. In the table below, a swim that equates to between 990-999 FINA points will score an additional 9.9 points to their position points. If that 9.9-point swim were to win an event, that would total 19.9 points. A reminder that a swimmer’s top three best results can only count towards their meet score, so if a swimmer were to swim six events, only their best three events will count towards their score based on position/performance points.

2021 Performance Points
Up to 999 989 979 969 959 949 939 929 919 909 899 889 879 869 859
Starting from 990 980 970 960 950 940 930 920 910 900 890 880 870 860 850
Points 9.9 9.8 9.7 9.6 9.5 9.4 9.3 9.2 9.1 9 8.9 8.8 8.7 8.6 8.5
Up to 849 839 829 819 809 799 789 779 769 759 749 739 729 719 709 …>
Starting from 840 830 820 810 800 790 780 770 760 750 740 730 720 710 700 …>
Points 8.4 8.3 8.2 8.1 8 7.9 7.8 7.7 7.6 7.5 7.4 7.3 7.2 7.1 7 …>

Meet Prize Money

While there are two stages, prize money will be offered at the end of every meet based on a swimmer’s cumulative points. At each meet, $112,000 prize money will be dispersed to the top 20 swimmers of each gender, totaling $224,000.

Rank Total
1 $12,000
2 $10,000
3 $8,000
4 $6,000
5 $5,500
6 $5,400
7 $5,300
8 $5,200
9 $5,100
10 $5,000
11 $4,900
12 $4,800
13 $4,700
14 $4,600
15 $4,500
16 $4,400
17 $4,300
18 $4,200
19 $4,100
20 $4,000

*In case of a score tie, the result with the higher FINA-points performance will be used, regardless of position.

Overall Series Prize Money

A total of $576,000 will be dispersed to the top 10 swimmers of each gender at the end of the series based on the overall ranking. Scoring and ranking is calculated based on results from all meets completed by a swimmer. In the case of a tie, the swimmer with a better performance, based on FINA points, at any event throughout the series will get the higher ranking.

Overall Rank Total
1 $100,000
2 $70,000
3 $30,000
4 $15,000
5 $14,000
6 $12,000
7 $11,000
8 $10,000
9 $9,000
10 $7,000

World Records

  • Prize Money: $10,000
  • More than 10 performance points can be awarded.
  • Equalling a world record is not eligible.

All prize money payments will be finalized upon confirmation of negative doping test results.

2019 vs. 2021 Totals

The 2019 prize money system was very different from the new 2021 system. During the 2019 series, prize money was offered for the top six finishers in each event, plus bonus series points to the top three finishers. Likewise, the top three individual performances based on FINA points at meets earned bonus points. Additional monetary bonuses were then awarded for how well an athlete finished within a cluster and on the whole tour.

In 2019, a total of $117,000 was awarded to the top six finishers of each of the 30 individual events per meet. There were also two relay events at each meet, awarding $6,000 among the top three relays, totaling $129,000 in prize money per meet. Among the seven meets in the 2019 series, $903,000 was awarded total.

In 2021, $112,000 prize will be dispersed to the top-20 swimmers per gender each meet, totaling $224,000. For comparison, for the regular ISL season this year, a total of $275,600 prize money will be awarded at each of the ten matches.

Competing in one or both of the two stages does not impact prize money or bonus points, whereas $157,000 was offered at each of the three clusters in 2019, an additional $471,000 monetary award. The majority of 2021 prize money comes from swimmers completing the entire four-meet series, which is a total of $556,000 offered for the top 10 swimmers for each gender.

2019 Prize Money 2021 Prize Money
Single Meet (x7) $129,000 Single Meet (x4) $224,000
Single Cluster (x3) $157,000 Overall Bonus $556,000
Series Bonus $300,000 Total $1,452,000
Total $1,674,000

 

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