USA's Megan Rapinoe says Fifa showing women's football 'lack of respect'

Sunday, 07 Jul, 2019

The 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup final to be contested between holders United States of America and European champions Netherlands will be played at the Parc Olympique Lyonnais on Sunday 7 July, 2019, with kick-off at 17:00 CEST.

The United States is about to conclude its summer in France with an opportunity to further cement its place as the best team on the worldwide stage.

"To be in the last three World Cup finals, it's pretty unbelievable", said veteran Carli Lloyd, scorer of a hat-trick in the 2015 final win over Japan. "This is the absolute best stage". As Pia Sundhage, who coached the U.S. to two Olympics golds, once said: "The Americans, they had it - it's not that I brought it to them". It's also the largest margin of victory in the history of the FIFA World Cup (men's and women's).

"We've celebrated the fantastic moments". It is only the second time the Netherlands have qualified for the Women's World Cup.

"Yes we are European champions, yes you can play finals but in the end, you want to play to win the game". But if there's anything that's noticeably different about the team this time around, it's how close the players are. Martens was replaced at halftime of a semifinal win against Sweden.

The United States beat England 2-1 and will face the Netherlands in Sunday's final.

"You see men celebrating all around the world in big tournaments, grabbing their sacks or whatever it is, when I look at sipping a cup of tea, I'm a little taken aback and kind of you have to laugh about it to see all the criticism", Morgan said on Friday.

"It is fantastic to be able to play the final".

For Rose Lavelle, rooting from her seat in a Seattle pizza shop, playing on the national team was the furthest thing from her mind.

And seemingly everyone from US President Donald Trump to basketball player Sue Bird has had their say on the reigning champion. "We don't know the outcome yet so we will decide tomorrow (Sunday) morning", said Wiegman.

The top-ranked Americans pose a considerable challenge for the eighth-ranked Dutch.

Ellis will have some tough choices to make in her selection having rotated her squad throughout the tournament and Rapinoe, who sat out the semi-final win over England with a slight hamstring strain, expects to be available.

"It's awful", said former American midfielder Aly Wagner, now FOX's lead World Cup match analyst.

After getting through the host nation France and a powerhouse English side, a final against the Netherlands may seem slightly anticlimactic. Even the players from USA's first World Cup victory in 1991 have said they didn't think they were the best team there - they were just mentally a lot stronger than everyone else. "But what I love about this group is that they're locked in and they're still hungry", USA coach Jill Ellis said. While Carli Lloyd and Alex Morgan talk about visualizing goals to get focused before games, Christen Press has been a longtime practitioner of Vedic meditation.

Federation Internationale de Football Association officials said putting all three finals on the same day will attract attention to the sport. Ellis said no one has been ruled out.

"I think it was good time if ever there's good time for any injury", she said. "They have a closeness that you're optimistic to have as a coach but it doesn't always come to fruition. I meditate before every game but that's something I've added to my regime in the recent years". However, "I'm so honored we lost to such an incredible team". Rapinoe has expressed disappointment the final match will take place on the same day as two major men's soccer event finals.

The most recent meeting between the two teams was in September 2016.