Gianni Infantino

Gianni Infantino (Photo: Wikipedia)

The world’s best women footballers could achieve pay parity – provided they “convince the men” first, according to FIFA president Gianni Infantino.

The comments come amid the final leg of the Women’s World Cup in Australia and New Zealand, which has seen record ticket sales and a huge increase in sponsorship revenue. England will face Spain in the final at Sydney’s Stadium Australia on Sunday.

“I say to all women, you have the power to change. Choose the right battles. Choose the right fights. You have the power to change. You have the power to tell us men what to do and what not to do,” Infantino said at the second FIFA Women’s Football Conference in Sydney.

He continued: “You do it. Just do it. With me, with FIFA, you will find open doors. Just push the doors. They’re open.”

Two billion people worldwide watched the World Cup and 20 million people attended matches in stadiums, both record highs. Unlike the 2015 and 2019 Women’s World Cup competitions, the tournament broke even, earning $570 million, according to the FIFA president. Yet women continue to face low pay despite the ever-increasing popularity of sports.

In this year’s tournament, the winning team will receive $10.5 million, while $6.2 million has been earmarked for distribution among its players. In contrast, Argentina, winners of the men’s World Cup in Qatar last year, received $42 million.

To be sure, Infantino has been a vocal supporter of women’s sports in the past. They have called for better playing conditions, demanding that broadcasters offer higher bids.

first published: 18 August 2023 | 11:46 PM First

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