FIFA President Gianni Infantino has big plans for the women’s football, including huge investment and expanding the number of Women’s World Cup participants, he announced in a press conference in Lyon on Friday.
The FIFA boss proposed creating a Club World Cup for women, a Women’s World League, increasing the number of Women’s World Cup participants from 24 to 32, doubling the prize money for the... Еще winners and investing «half billion US dollars (€445m) in the next four years.»
«I think we should increase the number of participants. We did it for the men. We went from 32 to 48. I think it's time to increase it for the women as well from 24 to 32,» he said, adding that he hoped to act quickly enough to have 32 teams take part in the next 2023 Women’s World Cup, for which the bidding process started a month ago.
Infantino also responded to criticism over the handling of sexual abuse investigations in Afghanistan, which led to Afghanistan Football Federation President Keramuudin Karim being banned from football for life. Karim was accused of sexual and physical assault by several players in the Afghan national women’s team.
«We helped, and we helped concretely and we acted. And I hope that these persons who have committed these horrible crimes will be held accountable by justice,» he said.