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02 Aug 2019
FIFA to expand Women's World Cup to 32 teams

The success of the recent Women's World cup – and the resulting increase in interest in women's football – has led the world governing body FIFA to expand the number of teams taking part in the tournament from 24 to 32.

The change will take place immediately, meaning that the next tournament – in 2023 – will follow the new, enlarged format.

“The astounding success of this year’s FIFA Women’s World Cup in France made it very clear that this is the time to keep the momentum going and take concrete steps to foster the growth of women’s football," said FIFA President Gianni Infantino.

“The expansion reaches far beyond the eight additional participating teams; it means that, from now on, dozens of more member associations will organise their women’s football programme knowing they have a realistic chance of qualifying.

"The FIFA Women’s World Cup is the most powerful trigger for the professionalisation of the women’s game, but it comes but once every four years and is only the top of a much greater pyramid.

"In the meantime, we all have a duty to do the groundwork and strengthen women’s football development infrastructure across all confederations."

The 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup has been described as a "watershed moment" for women's football and broke a number of viewing records.

In the US, the final – which featured the US and the Netherlands – achieved a combined audience of 15.277 million viewers, the highest audience of the weekend on US television.

In the UK, the final attracted an average audience of 3.248 million viewers, bringing BBC1 an impressive 31.5 cent share of viewing. It became most-watched FIFA Women’s World Cup Final on record in the UK.


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12 Aug 2019
Beijing 2008 legacy has 'inspired millions' – will dovetail with 2022 Winter Games
The Beijing 2008 Olympic Games has resulted in a 'massive increase' in sports participation among the Chinese population.
09 Aug 2019
Own the Ride looks to inspire more people to take up cycling ahead of UCI world championships
A legacy campaign looks to utilise the forthcoming 2019 UCI Road World Championships and attract more people to take up cycling.
07 Aug 2019
MPs to press cricket chiefs over World Cup legacy plans
Members of Parliament will quiz cricket chiefs over their plans to capitalise on England's recent World Cup triumph.
05 Aug 2019
ukactive National Summit to position physical activity as critical to health policy
This year's ukactive National Summit will discuss plans to shape the future of public health, the workplace and the high street.
01 Aug 2019
ISPA to host Talent Symposium and Resource Partner Summit in 2020
The International SPA Association (ISPA) has announced the addition of the ISPA Talent Symposium and ISPA Resource Partner Summit, taking place 14-15 April 2020 at The Ritz-Carlton, Bacara in Santa Barbara, California.
01 Aug 2019
Kristen Bell to speak at Bold 2019
Digital wellness platform Mindbody has announced that actress and entrepreneur Kristen Bell will deliver a keynote speech at the 2019 edition of its Bold conference.
31 Jul 2019
FHT reveals details of 2019 conference
The Federation of Holistic Therapists (FHT) has released details of this year's conference, which will take place on 29 November at The King's Fund in London's Cavendish Square, and will focus on research, best practice and positive body image.
30 Jul 2019
Birmingham 2022 branding and logo revealed
The Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games Organising Committee (Birmingham2022) has revealed the brand identity and logo for the event.
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