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FIFA to start funding flights for Women's World Cup teams

FIFA will start funding business-class flights for some 2019 Women's World Cup teams when they travel to the tournament in France.

FIFA official Emily Shaw also told a women's sports law conference total prize money will "significantly increase" from $15 million shared among 24 teams at the 2015 edition.

She said the total sum will be confirmed by the FIFA Council, which meets from Oct. 25-26 in Rwanda.

FIFA has been urged to close an equality gap between women's and men's World Cups, as the 32 men's teams will share $440 million prize money in 2022.

Currently, FIFA offers "business-class return flights for 50 people" to all men's World Cup delegations.

Shaw, FIFA's head of women's football governance, said flight upgrades will be paid except for team flights under four hours.

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