Tuesday 23 July, 2019

FIFA looks to expand Women's World Cup from 24 to 32 teams

Netherlands players celebrate at the end of the Women's World Cup semifinal football match against Sweden, at the Stade de Lyon outside Lyon, France, Wednesday, July 3, 2019. Netherlands won 1-0.

Netherlands players celebrate at the end of the Women's World Cup semifinal football match against Sweden, at the Stade de Lyon outside Lyon, France, Wednesday, July 3, 2019. Netherlands won 1-0.

FIFA is looking to expand the Women's World Cup from 24 to 32 teams.

The plan was revealed by FIFA President Gianni Infantino ahead of Sunday's final between the United States and the Netherlands.

If the expansion was to start for the next edition in 2023, Infantino says FIFA would have to re-open the bidding process which has yet to conclude. The vote was due to take place in March 2020 but the FIFA Council decision could now be delayed.

FIFA has already decided to expand the men's World Cup from 32 to 48 teams from 2026.

Infantino wants to double the Women's World Cup prize money, team preparation funding and cash for clubs releasing players, lifting the figure to $100 million.

The 2022 men's tournament will have prize money of $440 million and $209 million is made available to clubs releasing players.

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