United States co-captain Megan Rapinoe launched a scathing attack on world soccer’s governing body FIFA, saying the organization did not respect the female game. Rapinoe said FIFA’s decision to allow the Copa America final and the Gold Cup final to take place on the same day as the women’s final was “unbelievable”. “It is terrible scheduling for everyone. As people who work in football, play in football, that is a terrible idea to put everything on the same day. In every way,” she said during the pre-final news conference. On Friday FIFA president Gianni Infantino proposed doubling the total prize money of the World Cup to $60 million. The men’s edition in Russia last year, featuring 32 teams, had a total prize money pot of $400 million. That amount for the men will rise to $440 million for the Qatar World Cup in 2022. “It certainly is not fair,” said Rapinoe. “We should double it now and then use that number to double it or quadruple it for the next time. That’s what I mean when I talk about do we feel respected? “If you really care about each game in the same way, are you letting the gap grow? I’m not saying the prize money is 450m this time or next time around, I understand that for a lot of different reasons, the men’s game financially is far advanced than the women’s game." Furthermore, Rapinoe called for the conversation on equal pay to move forward after she helped USA to retain the World Cup. “I think everyone is ready for this conversation to move to the next step,” she said after hearing an “equal pay” chant ring round after the final and the Fifa president, Gianni Infantino, being booed. “I think we’re done with: ‘Are we worth it, should we have equal pay, is the market the same?’ Yada yada. “Everyone’s done with that; fans are done with that, players are done with that. In a lot of ways I think sponsors are done with that. Let’s get to the next point. What’s next? How do we support women’s federations and women’s programmes around the world? What can Fifa do to do that? What can we do to support the leagues around the world?” she said, having rocked into the press conference late, exclaiming “I just killed doping!” “We as players, every player at this World Cup, put on the most incredible show that you could ever ask for. We cannot do anything more to impress more, to be better ambassadors, to take on more, to play better or do anything. It’s time to take it forward to the next step. A little public shame never hurt anybody, right? I’m down with the boos.” Question of the day what is your view about the women football equal pay?