By David Owen
August 31 – FIFA invested practically twice as a lot in final year’s Women’s Planet Cup in France as in the tournament’s preceding edition in Canada in 2015.
Expenditures attributed to France 2019 amounted to $156.9 million. This compares with much less than $82 million allocated to Canada 2015.
The newest figure is incorporated in FIFA’s newly-published 2019 annual report.
Expenditures connected with the 24-group competitors, which was won for the fourth time by the United States, have been also far larger than for other FIFA events in 2019.
Of these, the below-17 Planet Cup in Brazil was the most high priced at $26 million. This was followed by the below-20 Planet Cup in Poland at $23.eight million and the Club Planet Cup in Qatar at $22.1 million. The 2019 eWorld Cup price FIFA $five.six million, when the Beach Soccer Planet Cup in Paraguay price just $five.five million.
FIFA President Gianni Infantino designated 2019 in the report as “undeniably the year of women” for FIFA.
As underlined in the new document, Infantino has proposed “doubling (at least)” the prize cash for the subsequent Women’s Planet Cup.
As explained in the report, prize cash for France 2019 was doubled to $30 million, “on top rated of which $11.five million was paid to participating member associations as preparation cash, and $eight.five million was shared with clubs below the Club Rewards Programme”.
The subsequent Women’s Planet Cup is scheduled to be staged in Australia and New Zealand in 2023, with an expanded field of 32 teams.
The Australia-New Zealand bid beat the only other contender, Colombia, by 22 votes to 13 in a vote of the FIFA Council in June.
It has been proposed to hold the competitors from July ten to August 20, with the opening game in Auckland and the final in Sydney.
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