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

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"We will need to act more quickly if we want to have 32 teams already in 2023", Infantino said.

"To having crowds at our game and having Nike doing our jerseys and having women's shorts which up until this year we didn't have- it seems so silly but it was actually such a big win for us".

In the United Kingdom, the record for Women's World Cup audiences more than trebled, as nearly 9m people watched the semi-final clash between USWNT and England, smashing the previous high before the tournament of 2.7m. Women's World Cup 2019: Ex-USWNT coach thrilled former American star Sarina Wiegman leading Netherlands in final against U.S.

Infantino has, however, pledged to introduce two new women's competitions: a Club World Cup and league for nations between World Cups.

"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".

Infantino said Fifa would double investment in women's football to US$1 billion but later clarified much of the funding would be reserved for national federations to request for specific projects that would require approval from the governing body.

There are already nine countries interested in bidding, including recent men's World Cup hosts Brazil and South Africa.

Infantino is already pushing ahead with plans to expand the existing men's Club World Cup to 24 teams.

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However, when you think about its application to women's football, which has always been overshadowed by men's it becomes so much more than words on promotional banners.

"I don't know, I haven't spoken to everybody about it", she said.

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.

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

"We need a Club World Cup which can be played every year to expose clubs from all over the world and to make clubs - men's clubs but also women's clubs - invest even more in women's football".

"We don't often give them kudos, but that's definitely one that I'm willing to give". "We don't need all that money in Swiss banks", Infantino said.

In order for Canada to benefit from a Women's Club World Cup, they have to attempt to develop a women's league first. "This is something that again will boost the development of women's football".

"When I am told that some people criticize FIFA, well, you can criticize FIFA for many things and certainly many times you are right to criticize FIFA, but we try to do the best especially in sensitive cases like this". I think except for this 13-0 result between the US and Thailand, all the other games have been much more even.

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