Published: Mon, July 08, 2019
Sport | By Ruben Hill

Landmark women's World Cup set to be game-changer

Landmark women's World Cup set to be game-changer

Alyssa Roenigk is a senior writer for ESPN The Magazine and ESPN.com whose assignments have taken her to six continents and caused her to commit countless acts of recklessness.

The U.S. faces the Netherlands on Sunday for the Women's World Cup championship. Double it now and use that number to double it or quadruple it for the next time. "I think that's what I'm most proud of, that we got so much respect from the Netherlands".

The FIFA trophy of the Women's FIFA World Cup is seen before the announcement ceremony for the Women's FIFA World Cup 2019 at their headquarters in Zurich March 19, 2015.

The focus now for Van de Donk and her team-mates will be qualification for the UEFA Women's EURO in 2021, which will see them in the position the US were in for the World Cup, going into the tournament as defending champions. That means that while the women's purse will increase to a proposed $60 million in 2023, the gap between the men and women will increase the next time around.

"I don't know. I haven't spoken to everyone about it", Rapinoe said. No, you're not. Are you letting federations have their teams play two games in the four years between each tournament?

"Money, money, money, money", Rapinoe sang. All of that. And obviously not just blindly throwing cash at things, but investing in infrastructure, in training programs and academies for women, in coaching for women.

"I think he did say, "Let's have a conversation". You have to make up-front investments and really bet on the future".

"It will be the defining image of this World Cup, which, despite the Europeans" emergence, remains in American hands after Rose Lavelle added a brilliant second eight minutes after Rapinoe's penalty. However, the United States would be unwise to treat the Netherlands as a trivial threat despite this being only their second World Cup. For some reason global soccer officials not only played the Copa America final on the same day, but the 2019 Gold Cup, too.

They played Japan in the final in 2011 and 2015, and have now surpassed both Japan and Norway, who have both played in two consecutive finals.

"It certainly is not fair". It is a awful idea to put all three on the same day in every way.

The United States had a particularly challenging run to its third straight World Cup final, with a quarterfinal meeting against No. 4 France before the semi against No. 3 England. In every way. Obviosuly, there's other finals going on, but this is the World Cup final - it's like cancel everything day.

There was an air of inevitability about the pink-haired 34-year-old, the star of this World Cup on and off the field, putting the US ahead.

"FIFA and the confederations have discussed the respective match schedules in general to minimise any potential timing clashes".

"I think it's our responsibility, and it's something that we love to do".

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