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2015 FIFA Women's World Cup: Turf & money inequality means mediation.

Lori Hanemann

“In addition to discussing playing surfaces and goal-line technology, FIFA and CSA [Canadian Soccer Association] can also address any questions the players have about the prize money available for the women’s tournament,”
— Lawyer Hampton Dellinger

While the world is anticipating the December 6th Group Draw, women players anticipate meeting with FIFA's Secretary-General Jerome Valcke at the Cup draw in Ottawa Canada. Topics on the table will be the epic controversy over artificial turf for the tournament despite the women's lawsuit for natural grass, just like the men are accommodated. 

Interesting tidbit is who won't be at the famous draw, USA's Abby Wamback, Nadine Angerer from Germany, Spain's veronica Boquete, and Brazil's Marta. They are all part of the lawsuit fighting for grass. Their lawyer explains that they can't attend due to "commitments on other continents". 

Money and the lack of it for the women's Cup in comparison to the men's is another topic which we hope gets a lot of thought and time. Hopefully they'll get an answer as to whether goal-line technology will be used at this World Cup as it was for the men in Brazil.  These conversations are part of a court ordered mediation in response to the women's request for an expedited hearing.  So behind all the glitz and glamour of the televised FIFA Cup Draw will be a lot of legal meandering and passionate chatter about equality and fairness in sport at FIFA. Now that's what I'd really like to see televised! Will you be watching December 6th?

The 32-team tournament in Brazil featured total prize money of $476 million US, with Germany receiving $35 million as winner. Teams that did not make it past the group stage each received $8 million.

Participating associations also got $1.5 million apiece to help prepare.

The total purse of the 2011 women’s tournament was $7.6 million with the winning Japan side collecting $1,075,000. Each of the 16 teams received at least $325,000.
— CBCSports - Canada