Lausanne, Sep 21 (AP/UNB) — In a concession to women's soccer, FIFA will start funding business-class flights for some of the Women's World Cup teams traveling to France for next year's tournament.
Total prize money will also "significantly increase" from the $15 million shared among 24 teams at the 2015 tournament, FIFA official Emily Shaw said Thursday at the Women In Sports Law conference.
The total sum will be confirmed by the FIFA Council, which meets Oct. 25-26 in Rwanda, she said.
FIFA has been urged to close the gap between women's and men's World Cups in a new four-year cycle of tournaments and commercial deals that begins next year. In the current cycle, World Cup champion France earned $38 million from FIFA, while the United States got $2 million for winning the 2015 Women's World Cup.
FIFA has pledged to share $440 million in prize money among the 32 men's teams playing at the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.
At the 2018 World Cup, FIFA offered "business-class return flights for 50 people" to all men's team delegations going to Russia. The new FIFA pledge to women does not cover all teams going to France.
Flight upgrades to business class will be paid except for team flights under four hours, said Shaw, FIFA's head of women's football governance. Teams already qualified to play in France include Australia, Brazil, Chile, Japan, South Korea and Thailand.
"It is definitely progress and, for those teams that travel enormous distances, it is going to come as a huge relief," former FIFA Council member Moya Dodd told The Associated Press at the conference.
FIFA should increase the women's prize fund by at least the same $40 million raise in men's total prize money from 2018 to 2022, she said.
"Leaders in sport should not be content to sit back and let the gender pay gap get wider in absolute terms on their watch," said Dodd, a former Australia national team player.
FIFA will also raise standards for the 2019 Women's World Cup by ensuring opposing teams do not have to stay at the same hotel. Hotel sharing is prohibited in men's World Cup rules.
Shaw announced that change Thursday, and said FIFA also wanted to pay preparation costs for Women's World Cup teams. Teams at the 2018 World Cup got $1.5 million from FIFA in addition to prize money of at least $8 million each.
FIFA also wants to compensate women's clubs for releasing players to national team duty for the World Cup. FIFA shared $209 million among men's clubs whose players took part in World Cup games.
Dhaka, Sept 20 (UNB) – The Maldives League champions New Radiant SC will play Bangladesh Premier League’s newcomer Bashundhara Kings in a FIFA International Friendly Football match in Nilphamari on Friday.
The match will be held in the Sheikh Kamal Stadium in Nilphamari, which hosted the first international football match involving Bangladesh National team and touring Sri Lanka National football team recently.
New Radiant Club coach Saba Muhammad and Bashundhara Kings Coach Oscar at a press conference at Sheikh Kamal Stadium in Nilphamari Thursday evening expressed their optimism to win the match.
Dhaka, Sept 20 (UNB) – Hosts Bangladesh will play all-losers United Arab Emirates (UAE) in their 3rd Group F match of the AFC U-16 Women’s Championship on Friday at Bir Shrestha Shaheed Sipahi Mohammad Mostafa Kamal Stadium in Kamalapur here.
The match will kicks-off at 3:30 pm.
Vietnam will play Lebanon in Friday’s other match at 11:30 am at the same venue.
After the two group matches, Bangladesh and Vietnam topped the list jointly with all win record grabbing full six points scoring 18 goals each without conceding any.
UAE and Bahrain yet to open account, playing two and three matches respectively to remain at the 4thand 5th place respectively in the five-nation fray while Lebanon were in the 3rd slot due to poor goal difference, despite of collecting six points from three matches.
Hosts Bangladesh maintained their all-win record in the group outplaying Lebanon by 8-0 goals in their 2nd match after thrashing another gulf nation Bahrain 10-0 in their opening group encounter while UAE conceded 0-4 goals defeat against Vietnam after suffering 3-6 goals defeat against Lebanon.
Two joint group leaders --Bangladesh and Vietnam—will battle with each other for the group crown in the last group match on Sunday (Sept 23) at 3:30 pm at the same venue while two lowly teams—UAE and Bahrain will meet each other on the same day (Sunday) at 11:30 am at the same venue.
Vietnam earned a highest margin 14-0 goals victory over all-losers Bahrain in their 2nd group match to share top slot jointly with home side after beating UAE by 4-0 goals in the opening match.
Standing of the Group F till Wednesday (tabulating under match played, win, draw, loss, goal for, goal against, goal difference and points).
Teams M W D L GF GA GD Pts
Bangladesh 2 2 0 0 18 0 18 6
Vietnam 2 2 0 0 18 0 18 6
Lebanon 3 2 0 1 14 11 3 6
UAE 2 0 0 2 3 10 -7 0
Bahrain 3 0 0 3 0 32 -32 0
Dublin, Sep 20 (AP/UNB) — Ireland will join the other four British Isles nations in exploring bidding for the 2030 World Cup.
The English Football Association has already announced plans to assess a bid with Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales.
The Football Association Ireland said Wednesday that it would be joining the feasibility study "following recent positive discussions."
England, which hosted the 1966 World Cup, failed with bids for the FIFA showpiece in 2006 and 2018.
Argentina, Paraguay and Uruguay have already started campaigning to host the 2030 World Cup.
Bern, Sep 20 (AP/UNB) — Game-winning displays like Paul Pogba's in a 3-0 victory for Manchester United over Young Boys should help to improve his relations with coach Jose Mourinho.
Pogba scored twice late in the first half Wednesday to get United off to a smooth start in the Champions League against the group-stage newcomer.
A curling shot in the 35th minute and an assured penalty in the 44th — after a trademark slow-trot approach — showed Pogba at his most elegant.
Pogba's form cheered Mourinho on the touchline after an uneasy early season between them since the team's signature player returned from winning the World Cup with France.
United went three goals up in the 66th when Pogba surged through the midfield and teed up Anthony Martial, who also had tense pre-season exchanges with Mourinho. Martial's shot took a deflection off defender Mohamed Ali Camara.
Camara's eventful evening included testing David De Gea with an early long-range strike, hitting a post with a second-half shot from a corner, and being beaten by Pogba's quick feet that created space to score the opening goal.
The penalty was awarded for a handball awarded against Young Boys defender Kevin Mbabu for blocking Luke Shaw's cross.
The result dispelled Mourinho's doubts expressed to UEFA this month about playing Champions League games on artificial turf.
Still, Mourinho said the surface should not be an excuse for his players who did have uneasy moments before Pogba stepped up.
Making his United debut, 19-year-old right-back Diogo Dalot slipped on the plastic pitch to give winger Christian Fassnacht a shooting chance that was blocked.
A loser on its two previous Champions League games in Switzerland, both at Basel, United next welcomes Valencia to Old Trafford on Oct. 2.
Also in Group H, Pogba's former team Juventus won 2-0 at Valencia despite a first-half red card for Cristiano Ronaldo, the former United star.