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Fifa could exceed plans to double Women’s World Cup prize fund

Fifa president Gianni Infantino believes the governing body will exceed its pledge to double the prize money for the 2023 Women’s World Cup to $60m (€54m).

“We have until 2023 to discuss about the prize money,” Infantino said. “I think we need to market it as well in a certain way. I’m very confident, I’m sure we can go higher than doubling.”

Last week, the Fifa Council confirmed the 2023 Women’s World Cup will be expanded from 24 to 32 teams.

On the success of the Women’s World Cup in France, which was won by the United States, Infantino added that the tournament “really marked a before and an after for women’s football”.

Infantino was speaking at the Rose Bowl in California, where the US women’s national team kicked off their Victory Tour with a 3-0 win over the Republic of Ireland in front of 37,040 fans.

Late in the second half, the crowd started to chant “Equal pay! Equal pay!” in reference to the USWNT’s gender-discrimination lawsuit against the US Soccer Federation (USSF).

According to the Wall Street Journal, the USSF had intended to classify Saturday’s game as a friendly and not part of the Victory Tour, which had been extended from four games, as agreed in the Collective Bargaining Agreement, to five games “due to the incredible fan interest across the country”.

As such, the players would have been paid two-thirds less than the other games in the Victory Tour, $5,520 per player for a win – and nothing for a tie or loss – compared to $15,217.

Following intense conversations with the USWNT players’ association, the USSF confirmed that all five matches would be paid as Victory Tour games.