This year’s Women’s World Cup in Australia and New Zealand is on track to become the most attended standalone women’s sporting event ever, with over one million tickets sold.
FIFA president Gianni Infantino said on Thursday the ninth edition of the Women’s World Cup, which starts on July 20, has sold 1,032,884 tickets, surpassing the previous tournament in France in 2019.
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“The future is women, thanks to the fans for supporting what will be the greatest FIFA Women’s World Cup ever!” Infantino said in a statement.
“The momentum is building in the host countries and across the globe, and I look forward to seeing you there to witness the stars of women’s football shine on the world stage.”
FIFA had already announced Australia’s opening match against Ireland will be played at a different venue – the 83,500-capacity Stadium Australia – the tournament’s largest stadium, due to high demand for tickets.
This will allow up to 100,000 fans to attend the World Cup’s opening games, with the match between co-hosts New Zealand and Norway taking place hours before in Auckland.
Meanwhile, the Matildas are in line for a massive pay day if they can win the World Cup.
FIFA has set out how a record prize money pot will be distributed for the tournament, with $US270,000 ($A404,000) earmarked for each member of the winning squad.
Every player involved in the tournament is guaranteed to receive at least $30,000 ($A45,000), at a time when the average salary in the women’s game worldwide is $14,000 ($A21,000), according to last year’s FIFA benchmarking report.
World players’ union FIFPRO has praised FIFA “for listening to the voice of players” on the issue of pay, and for ensuring equal conditions in terms of training facilities and transport for players at this summer’s finals compared to the men’s tournament in Qatar late last year.
A group of 150 players from 25 national teams – including players from England, Scotland, Wales, and the Republic of Ireland – had written to FIFA in October last year calling for equal conditions and for a guarantee that at least 30 per cent of prize money would be allocated to players.
– With AAP.
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