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  • Women’s World Cup captured public’s imagination despite Fifa’s worst efforts

    Patronising scheduling set it up to fail but players used their platform to highlight how the governing body lets them down Gianni Infantino is one of those intensely political people who believe that as far as everyone else is concerned, there is no place for politics in football. It was just last year – at some grimly political press conference in Iran, naturally – that the Fifa president announced: “It’s very clear that politics should stay out of football and football should stay out of...

    the Guardian
  • Fifa’s Gianni Infantino wants 32-team Women’s World Cup finals for 2023

    • President calls for increase from 24 in current tournament• Infantino also proposes doubling prize money to £48m The Fifa president, Gianni Infantino, has said he wants to expand the Women’s World Cup finals to 32 teams from 24 for the next edition in 2023 and double the prize money to $60m (£48m). Before Sunday’s final between the USA and the Netherlands, Infantino said he would take his proposals to the Fifa council and member associations for approval. Continue reading

    the Guardian
  • Will Women's World Cup, Gold Cup Finals Make TV Ratings History?

    Whether or not the single-game mark falls, a triple-header of finals in major competitions could make Sunday the most-watched day of soccer in American TV history.

    Forbes
  • Women's World Cup: Phil Neville challenges England to build on disappointing World Cup

    England leave France with nothing to show for their efforts after losing in the third place play-off against Sweden

    The Independent
  • FIFA Women's World Cup: "Pay Them" Argument Has a Problem

    The U.S. Women’s National Team winning the World Cup was bound to represent something much bigger than soccer. As the team progressed through the tournament, players and journalists have reminded audiences that between 2016 and 2018, women’s games generated more income for FIFA than the men’s games—despite the fact that the women’s team earned less then the men’s team. It was a fact that seemed to highlight the very unfairness of the pay disparity. Their success also pointed attention to a...

    Jezebel
  • Pay equity in sports overshadows the FIFA Women’s World Cup

    After beating the Netherlands 2-0, Team USA soccer star Megan Rapinoe says there was no mistaking that the crowd was chanting "equal pay, equal pay."

    Global News
  • Fifa's VAR bumbling hurt a World Cup in which the women's game shone

    The greatest US team I have seen held off opponents who are rapidly closing the gap. Meanwhile, the game’s governing body hit a low I had to wipe away a few tears as the final whistle blew on Sunday. It was emotional watching friends and former teammates win this World Cup. I understand what it means and I know first-hand the time and effort that every team member put into the end result. Related: USA carried social and sporting burdens at the World Cup. They won anyway Continue reading

    the Guardian