Infantino Hails France 2019 Women’s World Cup, Plans Tournament Expansion

Monday, 08 Jul, 2019

Not completely sinking in the success of present World Cup, the FIFA leader has a bigger plan in mind to develop women's football.

Saturday will see England take on Sweden in the third-place playoff match and the United States and the Netherlands vie for the World Cup title on Sunday.

The tournament has already reached an audience of over 850 million across all viewing platforms since it kicked off on June 7 in Paris.

The prize money for the 2019 World Cup is $30 million, compared to $400 million for last year's Men's World Cup.

"It's awful scheduling for everyone", said Rapinoe, who expects to be fit to face Netherlands despite missing the semi-final win over England with a hamstring strain. Are you scheduling three finals on the same day?

"It certainly is not fair", said Rapinoe.

"We need attention and detail and the best minds that we can possibly have in the women's game helping it grow every single day".

"Money, Money, Money, Money". I think it's just because they've got a world name for themselves and a lot of people know them. You can then impress your friends on social media with photographic evidence that you were really there!

If the World Cup is expanded to 32 teams, the calibre of play in the developing countries would also have to improve to prevent mismatches like the United States' 13-0 win against Thailand in its opening game of the tournament.

"We have athletes playing football with physical, technical, tactical skills".

The bidding process for the 2023 tournament is already underway as the vote to decide the hosts will be made next March. "Nothing is impossible." The deadline for submitting bid documents to host the next World Cup was in April, with a host due to be appointed in March 2020 by the Federation Internationale de Football Association council. Australia and Japan are widely seen as the favorites among the countries to express interest. Women's World Cup 2019: Ex-USWNT coach thrilled former American star Sarina Wiegman leading Netherlands in final against U.S.

She said: 'I can't even think about that right now.

He said the increase was part of a wider plan to invest a further $500 million in the women's game to achieve a total of $1 billion over the next four years. It's all there, it's just a matter of wanting to do it and caring enough about it to make it happen.

Standing as the oldest team with an average age of 28.6 years old, the United States showed experience in steadying under pressure with Morgan, Rapinoe and Carli Lloyd in the sqaud, especially in tussling knockout stage. "But we helped. And I hope these persons who have committed these disgusting crimes will be held accountable to justice".

"Many people around the world have tuned in for the first time to watch a women's football match and they saw that it is football", Infantino said.