Federation Internationale de Football Association boss and Macron booed at World Cup final ceremony

Federation Internationale de Football Association boss and Macron booed at World Cup final ceremony

Politicians, athletes and even an astronaut celebrated the United States victory in the women's World Cup on Sunday, and the mayor of NY announced a ticker tape parade for the football champions.

"The majority of the games have been fantastic games", Infantino said.

Rapinoe said the women's game needed more financial investments to grow. Fully professional women's club teams are still as much the exception as the rule in Asia, Europe and North America, and nearly nonexistent elsewhere in the world.

United States' captain Megan Rapinoe reacts during a press conference at the Groupama stadium in Decines-Charpieu on July 6, 2019, during the France 2019 football Women's World Cup.

Above all, what has made this Women's World Cup look promising for the sport's future is the elevated standard of play, and U.S. coach Jill Ellis feels "it's an awesome reflection of the growth of our game". One of which was doubling the total prize money of the World Cup to $60 million.

US coach Jill Ellis became the first coach to lead a team to two Women's World Cup titles, and the USA joined Germany in 2003 and 2007 as the only repeat champions.

On the expansion of the women's tournament, Infantino said: "We have already more than doubled the prize money for the World Cup this year, but we will double it again for the next World Cup - I am very confident that we can do that".

"It wasn't just what the Americans did on the field. We can not let this happen".

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Infantino said if he had a choice to invest money in increasing the prize money to the winning nations of major competition or into grassroots of developing nations, he would choose the latter.

Hyundai Motor's strategic sponsorship agreement with FIFA extends through the 2022 FIFA World Cup. "He knows. He did say we'll have a conversation or something. So no, I don't know how it happened, I read somewhere that they said they just didn't think about it - that's a bit of a problem".

"This game has done so much for all of us, we've put so much into it. So overall I think it's been pretty good".

Infantino was also asked about the USA team, which has been in the spotlight throughout the tournament for both its success on the field in reaching a third consecutive final and off the field for issues ranging from goal celebrations to gender equality and White House visits.

Infantino brought up the idea of a Women's World League two years ago at the FIFA Congress and would like to revisit the concept after this tournament. As always, all information is also available on the FIFA Women's World Cup 2019 app (available from the App Store and Google Play).

"Then it was a little bit put on the side because we didn't have an worldwide match calendar for women's football and we have that now", Infantino said. Even in America, the mania over women's football proved as fleeting as Reebok Pumps and Starter jackets.

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