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FIFA President describes France 2019 as the best female World Cup ever, hopes to expand tournament


FIFA President Gianni Infantino has described the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup as the best ever as he outlines proposals for the future growth of women’s football.

During the closing press conference for the FIFA Women’s World Cup France 2019, held by FIFA and the Local Organizing Committee (LOC), Infantino outlined five key proposals he wishes to put forward to the FIFA Council for the future development of women’s football.

Among the proposals are the creation of a FIFA Club World Cup for women: starting as soon as possible; the creation of a Women’s World League: a proposal put forward already in 2017, to be played in tournaments all over the world; expanding the FIFA Women’s World Cup from 24 to 32 teams, potentially already as of the 2023 edition; to double the prize money for the next FIFA Women’s World Cup and also to double the investment committed to women’s football over the next four-year cycle, from $500million to $1 billion.

“This Women’s World Cup in France has been phenomenal, emotional, passionate, fantastic. The best Women’s World Cup ever. Something extraordinary happened here. It was all thanks to the French people that this Women’s World Cup became what it is, the best ever. That’s why there will be a before and after the Women’s World Cup 2019.

“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. We have athletes playing football with physical, technical, tactical skills. What other event, other than the men’s World Cup, can unite 1 billion people around the world to come together like this?”, the FIFA President asked.
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