Former U.S. women’s coach Jill Ellis was appointed Sunday to lead FIFAs technical advisory group on the future of womens soccer.
The 54-year-old Ellis coached the U.S. team from 2014-2019, winning a pair of World Cups. She was voted FIFA Womens Coach of the Year in 2015 and ’19.
FIFA said in a statement that she will work with stakeholders to improve the match calendar and improve development and competitiveness.
FIFA has been criticized for the inequity in funding between men’s and women’s soccer. It awarded $400 million in prize money for the 32 teams at the 2018 mens World Cup, including $38 million to champion France. It awarded $30 million for the 24 teams at the 2019 Womens World Cup, including $4 million to the U.S. after the Americans won their second straight title.
FIFA has increased the total to $440 million for the 2022 mens World Cup, and its president, Gianni Infantino, has proposed FIFA double the womens prize money to $60 million for the 2023 Womens World Cup, in which FIFA has increased the teams to 32.
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