Rapinoe slams FIFA over schedule, prize money

Rose Lavelle USWNT Women's World Cup 2019

All the talk after the United States Women's National Team semifinal win over England in the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup should have been about the American's crisp play, resilience and march toward history Sunday in Lyon. The team has also been undefeated in a record 16 World Cup matches, surpassing Germany's run between 2003 and 2007.

"I mean we're making a World Cup in Qatar happen, which shows you the kind of care they have about the men's World Cup considering all of the issues that are happening there".

"That's a awful idea to put everything on the same day, in every way", Rapinoe said at a press conference as the United States aim to retain the World Cup in the final against the Netherlands in Lyon on Sunday.

On Friday FIFA president Gianni Infantino proposed doubling the total prize money of the World Cup to $60 million.

Audited financial reports from the U.S. Soccer Federation, the nonprofit entity that governs the men's and women's soccer teams as well as their pay, revealed that the USWNT games have brought in more revenue than the U.S. Men's games since the women won the 2015 World Cup. "If you really care about each game in the same way, are you letting the gap grow? No". Are you scheduling three finals on the same day? The Breakers folded after Lavelle's first season, and her new NWSL team, the Washington Spirit, won only two of 24 games in 2018, none over the last four months of the season.

Asked what would ensure the growth of the game globally following this summer's tournament, Rapinoe sang the opening refrain from the O'Jays song "For the Love of Money". Money from advertisers, sponsors, rights-holders, TV. Investing in infrastructure, training programs, academies for women, in coaching for women. "I don't think you get to the point of having an incredible business by running it on a budget that's a dollar more than it was previous year. You have to make big upfront investments and really bet on the future".

She's now scored five times at this World Cup, becoming the first player to score two goals in successive games in the World Cup since Brazilia Marta in 2007, after the American's braces against Spain and France.

If you're looking for a watch party, the Indy Eleven is supporting three in the Indianapolis area for locals to come together and cheer on the USA while they compete in France. No, you're not, " Rapinoe said.

"For me, every game there is another moment that is so special about this team", Rapinoe says. As people who work in football, play in football, that is a bad idea to put everything on the same day. She led Barcelona to the UEFA Women's Champions League final this past season and has been linked to a potential move this summer to Olympique Lyon, Champions League victor the past four years. This is, like, cancel everything day. "It is so disturbing to me that the Women's World Cup does not have its own day to stand on its own and have a final to highlight these tremendous athletes and their work and their accomplishment". No, we don't feel the same level of respect that Federation Internationale de Football Association has for the men. But that doesn't mean that Ellis's side are going to take their opponents lightly, despite some charging them with overconfidence and even arrogance at this World Cup.



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