Gianni Infantino has said that the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023 has transformed the face of women’s football and appealed to governments, member associations, broadcasters and media to help keep the momentum going towards equality once the tournament ends on Sunday.
“This FIFA Women’s World Cup has been truly transformational, not only in Australia and New Zealand but all over the world,” he said. “In the host countries, we had almost two million spectators in the stadiums — full houses everywhere — and two billion watching all over the world — and not just watching their own country but watching the World Cup, because it’s an event [where] I don’t just watch my team . It’s great sport, it’s entertaining and people love it.”
“We have to thank and congratulate Australia and New Zealand because without them this would not have been as magical.”
START OF A NEW ERA
“I want to thank FIFA for what you have done to accelerate the pursuit of gender equality in our country.”
WE NEED EVERYONE
He asked broadcasters “to pay a fair price for women’s football, not just for the (FIFA Women’s) World Cup, but for women’s football in general, in all the countries, all the leagues, in all the competitions”.
ORGANISE WOMEN’S LEAGUES
“Female players cannot all go to play in a few clubs in Europe or the USA. We need in the next four years to create the conditions for them to be able to play at professional level at home and this is the biggest challenge we have to take on board,” he said.
FIFA WAS RIGHT
The tournament had showed that standards were rising while the tournament had generated USD 570 million, allowing it to break even, he said.