Sunday, July 7, in Lyon at the stadium of Groupama ended the world championship on football among women.The U.S. team defeated the team of the Netherlands. The meeting ended with the score 2:0. So, American is the second time in a row won the world Cup.
The Dutch athletes for the finals fought against Sweden. The match was long and tiring and ended with the score 1:0 in favor of the Netherlands during extra time Jackie Green managed to hit the gate rivals. In the final match, according to estimates of the absolute majority of experts, the favorites were American. Coach Dutch players Sarina Wigman is acknowledged, but promisedthat her team will fight: “it Will be very difficult, but we are ready. To reach the final of the championship is an incredible opportunity, and it will not be easy, but during a match can happen everything”.
American women in the semi-final easily beat England. Team USA is coached by “iron lady” women’s soccer Jill Ellis. July 7, she went down in history as the coach who managed to lead the national team to victory at the world Cup. The first who managed to do was Vittorio Pozzo under his leadership, the Italian team won the Championships in 1934 and 1938.
One day — three finals
All the participants highly appreciated the organization level of the event. But not without criticism: on Saturday, July 6, poluzaschite team USA Megan Rapino during a press conference condemned the decision of FIFA to hold the championship final on 7 July. The fact that in the same day, the finals two men’s tournaments — the America’s Cup and the Cup of the countries of North, Central America and the Caribbean.
“In every sense a terrible idea to put all the matches on one day. Of course, you know that it will take two more finals, but our world Cup final, this is the day when in fact it should be canceled all the rest. Don’t know how it happened. I think someone told me that the organizers just didn’t think about it. Seriously? This is all about? You just have not thought about what kind of date is scheduled for the world Cup final? This is incredible. I don’t think we feel the same level of respect as that of the FIFA is to men”, — said Rapino.
She also commented on the statements of the President of FIFA, Gianni Infantino about the intention to double the size of the prize for women’s world Cup. Rapino noted that those who really want to eliminate the financial gap between women’s and men’s football, don’t put the finals of the three tournaments on one day.
Police Prefecture of the rhône-Alpes region, according to the Agency France-Presse, was not planning to introduce any special security measures in connection with the world Cup final. It is worth noting that the tournament is generally held in a peaceful and friendly atmosphere.
“The main task of the day will be to regulate the movement of the crowd”, — stated in the Prefecture, emphasizing that no one is waiting for the clashes of fans. And spectators at the final match were many: on Lyon’s stadium were no less than 20,000 fans of the American team, and 5000 came to support the Dutch. Director of the organizing Committee of the championship Erwan Le Prevost told journalists Europe 1, more than satisfied with the number of spectators who attended matches of the world Cup: “the world Cup Stadiums were filled. The average occupancy rate was around 74%, i.e. was purchased 1 170 000 tickets. That is an average obtained by 21 thousand spectators on each of the 51 matches. For us it is an occasion to feel pride. We even made a bet, claimed that 90% of the audience will be from cities where the matches of the championship. But as a result, it was found that 40% of spectators came from other countries. So we are happy that we are in this tournament to take virtually the whole world.”
It was also reported that the championship matches this year looked at 12 million viewers — another reason for pride organizers.
In the stands of Lyon stadium was attended by the king of the Netherlands Willem-Alexander and the President of France Emmanuel macron. An hour before the match at the macron gave an interview to radio station France Info.
He talked about public projects in the field of sport up to the Olympic games in 2024, but also to questions about the football championship among the women answered: “my attention was attracted to the championship on football among women, is not surprised. We observed similar situations in other sports, especially in France. Few weeks ago I was at the Academy of Clairfontaine met with our players. Then I told them that this championship changed a lot for them, for French fans and spectators for this sport in General. It is noticeable, and further changes will not be forthcoming. We observed a similar trend in handball in the last years: our teams achieve outstanding results, regularly participate in the Championships and the number of spectators and even exceeds all possible expectations. Now for the women’s game everything will change”.
Agree with that assessment, the Vice-President of Federation of football of France, Brigit Anric. In her words, the world Cup 2019 have divided everything into “before” and “after” in the world of women’s football.