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FIFA boss and Macron booed at World Cup final ceremony

FIFA boss and Macron booed at World Cup final ceremony

US captain Rapinoe, the leading voice for equal pay in a sport where the men are far better paid than the women, scored the opening goal with a VAR-awarded penalty kick.

She also called for action from the US Soccer Federation (USFF), with the players in Jill Ellis' team having taken legal action against the governing body earlier this year over pay disparity and working conditions.

Additionally, during semi-final and final matches, a FIFA Fan Experience zone outside the match stadium in Lyon, Parc Olympique Lyonnais, will allow participants to play football shooting games, take photos and experience displayed vehicles up close. Later, the US men's team will attempt to retain the CONCACAF Gold Cup when they meet Mexico in the final in Chicago.

"We're making a World Cup in Qatar happen, that shows you the amount of care they have about the men's World Cup, considering all of the issues that are happening there". "But the resources are there and I think the willingness and the brain power is all there, the people wanting to work in the women's game and make it as good as we can, it's all there".

FIFA's statement said: "The scheduling of the different events has gone through a comprehensive consultancy process that has involved all key stakeholders and taken into account different aspects of both the women's and men's worldwide match calendars".

Stina Blackstenius of Sweden (centre) is challenged by Canada's Rebecca Quinn (right) and Jayde Riviere (left) during the FIFA Women's World Cup Round Of 16 match at Parc des Princes in Paris, on June 24, 2019.

He also plans to double a planned $500m (£400m) investment in women's football in the next four years, saying Fifa has unprecedented levels of reserves and "we don't need all that money in Swiss banks - they have enough".

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The 2022 men's tournament will have prize money of $440 million and $209 million is made available to clubs releasing players.

"We will need to act more quickly if we want to have 32 teams already in 2023", the president said.

"It certainly is not fair", said Rapinoe.

Ahead of the final, she said there was a simple way to keep the global women's game moving forward.

"I understand that for a lot of different reasons the men's game financially is far (more) advanced than the women's game, but if you really let that gap grow, are you scheduling three finals on the same day?"

However, when you think about its application to women's football, which has always been overshadowed by men's it becomes so much more than words on promotional banners. The US will play Mexico in the Gold Cup final, and Brazil will battle Peru for the Copa America championship.

In the United Kingdom, the record for Women's World Cup audiences more than trebled, as nearly 9m people watched the semi-final clash between USWNT and England, smashing the previous high before the tournament of 2.7m.