Morgan says investment must coincide with World Cup plan | Sports News


US forward Alex Morgan, right, hits Sophia Smith after scoring a goal in the second half of an international friendly soccer match against Paraguay on Tuesday, September 21, 2021, in Cincinnati. The United States won 8-0.

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By ANNE M. PETERSON Sports Writer AP

Alex Morgan said increased investment in women’s football must be part of any plan for a biennial World Cup.

Morgan, a star of the United States women’s national team, is part of a FIFA technical advisory group announced this week that is considering a proposal to host the World Cup every two years.

“We looked not only at the financial part of the World Cup, but also the increase in the number of federations that have women’s teams playing all year round, not just in the playoffs once every four years – or maybe. be in the future once every two years, ”Morgan said. “So how do we continue to encourage and invest more money in women’s football? It’s a huge part too, I don’t think you can have one without the other. You can’t have a biannual World Cup without addressing the financial issue. “

Former US coach Jill Ellis leads the group, which includes former and current players, coaches, referees and administrators.

Morgan is open to the biennial plan, but didn’t quite approve of it on Tuesday when speaking to reporters ahead of Team USA’s game against South Korea in Kansas City, Kansas.

“Just with the history of the World Cup, I think it’s really hard to grasp the concept of going from every four years to two years because historically that’s just what we’ve done and what what we’re used to, ”Morgan said. “But I’m also looking at the growth of women’s football and how it could really benefit club leagues around the world, it could really benefit every federation and their players in terms of visibility, in terms of coverage of women’s football.”


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