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

Macron, Infantino booed at FIFA Women’s World Cup final ceremony

Macron, Infantino booed at FIFA Women’s World Cup final ceremony

This year's winnings for the women will total $30 million, though FIFA President Gianni Infantino told reporters Friday the organization will double the prize to $60 million for the next women's World Cup in 2023.

The FIFA Council, made up of 37 members, is due to vote on the host for the 2023 tournament next March.

In the past, the United States has enjoyed huge numbers for the tournament, given the success of their team, but the increasing numbers for countries such as England, France and Italy show the appetite for top women's games is now established in Western Europe.

The tournament increased from 16 teams to 24 for the 2011 edition in Canada and further expansion would require Federation Internationale de Football Association to reopen the bidding process for the 2023 World Cup. "We need a Club World Cup which can be played every even year to expose clubs from all over the world, to make clubs invest even more in women's football to really shine in a world stage".

Gianni Infantino said the success of this Women's World Cup could lead to an expansion for the next tournament in 2023.

The second-round game between the hosts France and Brazil drew over 58 million viewers, which was an all-time record, surpassing the over 52 million viewers who tuned in to watch the final between the United States and Japan four year ago in Vancouver.

"We can only develop national teams if we develop club football as well all over the world", Infantino said.

He suggested some of that could be used for events like the global competitions he proposed, but that it would also go to grassroots efforts around the world.

The men's Club World Cup has had 15 editions since being established in 2005 and is an annual tournament. This time the Women's Football World Cup has been very special as teams from four new countries have entered the World Cup this time. As always, all information is also available on the FIFA Women's World Cup 2019 app (available from the App Store and Google Play).

And with Europe's big clubs, such as Manchester United and Real Madrid, creating top-level teams to compete with the early adopters, such as Arsenal and Olympique Lyon, the finances flowing into the game at club-level are spiking.

The prize for the 2018 men's World Cup was $400 million.

Rapinoe said: 'I think everyone is ready for this conversation to move to the next step.

"We should double it now and then use that number to double it or quadruple it for the next time". That's what I mean when I talk about, 'Do we feel respected'.

Rapinoe, like many of her American teammates, has used her platform to speak out about inequality in numerous areas of society, and once again reiterated she has no plans to attend the White House should Jill Ellis' team retain their trophy.

It is within that context that the debate over the future of women's football will take place.

"It's unbelievable to know all the people who put in so much in this group", she said.

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