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# Women's World Cup

This month
March 2023
Hopes for Women’s World Cup prize money to match men’s by 2027, Saudi sponsorship plans dropped
Vera Pauw’s Ireland will feature at this summer’s tournament.
# Ousted
France women's manager Diacre sacked after player revolt
Captain Wendie Renard announced last month she would no longer play for the team while Diacre remained in charge.
Last month
February 2023
# friendly fixture
No Aviva Stadium send-off for Ireland ahead of Women's World Cup
The Girls in Green will instead play a glamour friendly with France at their regular Tallaght Stadium base.
This year
# crowd pleaser
Ireland's opening Women's World Cup fixture moved to 82,500 capacity Stadium Australia
The opening day fixture has been moved from Sydney Football Stadium to the tournament’s largest venue.
Last year
# Claim
Broadcasters offer '100 times less' for Women's World Cup
The competition in July-August will have 32 teams for the first time.
All time
# Land down under
Sydney to host 11 games, Auckland nine at 2023 Women's World Cup
Stadium Australia will host the final on 20 August 2023.
# Preview
Vera Pauw's Ireland set to learn World Cup qualifier fate
The draw takes place for the World Cup qualifiers later today.
# Candidates
Fifa confirms final four bidders for Women's World Cup
Brazil, Colombia and Japan will rival Australia and New Zealand for the right to host the event.
# Crossover
World Cup winner Carli Lloyd invited to kick in NFL preseason game
The US star was filmed drilling a 55-yard field goal at Philadelphia Eagles practice last week.
# reverse
Dutch legend De Boer backtracks on 'ridiculous' equal pay remark
The Atlanta United coach previously slammed female players who want the same World Cup pay as men.
# Breaking New Ground
No fears for Frappart as French referee prepares to make history in Super Cup
Ireland’s Michelle O’Neill will also act as an official for tomorrow night’s final between Liverpool and Chelsea.
# Global Game
Fifa confirm Women's World Cup expansion to 32 teams from 2023
The Fifa Council this evening unanimously voted in favour of adding an additional eight teams.
It's time for women's sport to take the prime time stage following the success of the World Cup
The curtain may be falling on this inspiring episode in women’s sport, but it can’t be the end of the story.
# Homecoming
US Soccer president hit with 'equal pay' chants as World Cup winners are welcomed home in style
US star Megan Rapinoe made a heartfelt speech to supporters at New York City Hall on Wednesday.
# On the box
TV Wrap - Live coverage of women's World Cup goes a long way to silencing critics
Elsewhere, a few classic Irish tropes emerged on The Sunday Game.
# Women's World Cup
Over 200,000 people tuned in to watch USA beat Netherlands on RTÉ2
All 52 games were broadcast free-to-air on RTÉ and TG4 for the first time in the history of the tournament.
USA v Netherlands, Women's World Cup final
USA faced Netherlands in women’s football’s biggest game.
# time of my life
'I am an emotional wreck. I cry watching Dirty Dancing now': Neville says England have changed him
Managing England at the Women’s World Cup has left Neville feeling emotional.
# Final Countdown
'I am uniquely and very deeply American': World Cup star Rapinoe unfazed by Trump spat
Trump said Rapinoe had disrespected the USA last month when she said she wouldn’t visit the White House.
# Looking Back
'They didn't want to call it the Women's World Cup... They were unsure if it was going to be an embarrassment'
A look at the origins of the competition since its 1991 inception.
# oranje alert
European champions Netherlands outlast Sweden to book World Cup final place
Jackie Groenen’s extra-time strike sent the Dutch through to Sunday’s decider against USA.
Netherlands v Sweden, Women's World Cup semi-final
Relive all the drama as the Dutch found a winner in extra-time to book their place in Sunday’s decider.
# Secret Weapon
Ellis: Rapinoe could have taken penalty if USA-England had gone to a shoot-out
A hamstring strain prevented the USA star from facing Phil Neville’s Lionesses, but she gave her side a fitness boost by training on Wednesday.
# furore
'We love our tea in England' - US star Morgan criticised for 'distasteful' celebration
Lianne Sanderson has offered her opinion on the USWNT match-winner’s controversial reaction to her goal.
# Chin Up
Neville defends captain after penalty miss in World Cup defeat and says referee 'not in control' of game
The manager had nothing but praise for Steph Houghton as England bowed out at the semi-final stage.
# Drama
USA book World Cup final spot as 10-woman England denied by VAR and penalty miss
Steph Houghton missed a late spot-kick as the defending world champions ran out 2-1 winners in Lyon.
England v USA, World Cup Semi-Final
The defending champions have booked their place in the decider but they were pushed all the way.
# On the box
TV Wrap - Phil Neville's bluster and ego sets up RTÉ's must-watch World Cup coverage
The England boss has been the breakout star, and thankfully, TG4 and the state broadcaster have been around to bring it to us.
# Not Bothered
'I found it quite funny' - Neville questions USA for scouting England team hotel before semi-final
The reigning World Cup champions are scheduled to check into the Lionesses’ acommodation should they advance to the final.
# Upset
Sweden shock Germany to advance to World Cup semi-finals
The Swedes conjured one of the biggest surprises of the competition to set up a last-four clash with the Netherlands.
France v USA, World Cup quarter-final
France faced USA with a place in the final four up for grabs.
# world stage
Wexford's Michelle O'Neill will officiate World Cup quarter-final between Germany and Sweden
The 40-year-old assistant referee is officiating at her second World Cup this summer in France.
# fearless
Gay, opinionated, female and bullet-proof, Megan Rapinoe is Donald Trump's worst nightmare
The US women’s team winger is a person of resolute character and motivated by morals.
England v Norway, 2019 Women's World Cup quarter-final
There was a spot in the last four up for grabs at Stade Océane in Le Harve.
# Heavyweights
'We've been waiting our whole lives for a game like this' - US star Heath on France showdown
The USWNT are preparing for a World Cup quarter-final that may be one of the most anticipated women’s matches of all time.
# Back and forth
Trump tells US captain to 'win before she talks' in response to White House comments
Megan Rapinoe had said she’s ‘not going to the f*****g White House’ if her side wins the Women’s World Cup.
# Hard Luck
Japan coach sorry for her players after 'cruel' penalty ends World Cup dream
Lieke Martens’ late spot-kick sent Japan crashing out of the Women’s World Cup at the hands of Netherlands.
# Late Late Show
Penalty drama sends European champions into World Cup quarter-finals
Lieke Martens scored the crucial spot-kick to put the Netherlands into the last eight.
# Italian Job
Goals in either half sees Italy storm into first World Cup quarter-final since 1991
A 2-0 win over China sees Milena Bertolini’s side set-up a clash with either Japan or the Netherlands.
# Ready to Rock
USA star hoping for 'total sh*tshow circus' in World Cup quarter-final
The reigning champions will take on tournament hosts France in a highly anticipated clash.