Published: Mon, July 08, 2019
Sports | By Brett Lawson

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

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

Among them was a pledge to double prize money for the women's World Cup in time for the next tournament in 2023.

United States of America star Megan Rapinoe hit out on Saturday at the scheduling of the women's World Cup final on the same day as two major men's worldwide finals and said Federation Internationale de Football Association president Gianni Infantino's pledge to double the prize fund for the tournament is not enough.

Rapinoe said FIFA's decision to allow the Copa America final and the Gold Cup final to take place on the same day as the women's final was "unbelievable".

Infantino has been focused on expanding both World Cup events with the men's scheduled to increase from 32 to 48 teams in 2026. The other contenders are Argentina, Australia, Bolivia, Colombia, Japan, New Zealand and South Korea, which could bid with North Korea.

On the expansion of the women's tournament, Infantino said: "We have already more than doubled the prize money for the World Cup this year, but we will double it again for the next World Cup - I am very confident that we can do that".

Expanding the World Cup may be hard to do for the next event in 2023 as the bidding process has started with a 24-team format.

The Women's World Cup expanded from 16 to 24 teams in 2015.

"(I would like to see) a Club World Cup for women starting as soon as possible next year or the year after", Infantino added.

The 34-year-old will bid to claim her second World Cup winners' medal when US face Netherlands in Lyon, on the same day the Copa America and Gold Cup finals also take place.

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Ahead of the final, she said there was a simple way to keep the global women's game moving forward.

The men's Club World Cup has had 15 editions since being established in 2005 and is an annual tournament.

That event will see teams splitting prize money of US$440 million, and US$209 million will be made available to clubs releasing players.

Much has been made of this World Cup having a similar impact on Europe as the 1999 tournament did on the U.S., who won it as hosts.

Fifa's cash reserves at the end of 2018 stood at US$2.74 billion.

"We're making a World Cup in Qatar happen, that shows you the amount of care they have about the men's World Cup, considering all of the issues that are happening there". We don't need all this money in the Swiss banks. "Clubs would invest even more in women's football to shine on the world stage".

'We can not do anything more to impress more, to be better ambassadors, to take on more, to play better or do anything.

"I think we have a particular lightness about us that people take as aloofness, thinking that we're too good", she said.

"We can develop national team football only if we develop club football as well, all over the world, not only in a few countries", he said while speaking at the home of Lyon, who have won the last four women's Champions Leagues.

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