The World Cup Ladies Cup countdown begins

The Womens World Cup countdown has taken part.

Marked Wednesday 100 days to the biggest competition in the competition, opening on June 7 in Paris. The 24-team event will be played at nine stadiums in France during a month, with the last 7 July in Lyon.

The United States is the defense champion, after winning the World Cup 2015 in Canada. The best chosen Americans are also the best option for this time.

To date, sales have been strong, with over 500,000 allotments of 1.3 million sold after the launch of the ticket package and the default phase, FIFA announced Wednesday. One-game tickets for sale March 7.

"I'm sure this World Cup will change the way women's soccer looks around the world," said President FIFA Gianni Infantino at a news conference in Rome on Wednesday. "We expect 1 billion TV viewers and 1.3 million fans in the stadiums. They have already claimed more than half the tickets. Women's soccer has made great progress. The players are real- technically functioning athletes and beneficial. They may give us some lessons. "

There are several controversies that hang on the event, including a silver prize. Last October, the FIFA Council raised the cash prize from $ 15 million in 2015 to $ 30 million in France. In contrast, the first prize for the World Cup in Russia last year was $ 400 million.

In 2015, US women received $ 2 million to raise the trophy, and the winner will receive $ 4 million this summer. The French men, who won their World Cup, earned $ 38 million.

While the World Cup of men creates much more income, says FIFA says FIFA should make up its commitments to grow the game of women with investment and incentives – such as a wider prize.

Another issue is timing. FIFA was criticized for the final schedules of the World Cup of Women on the same day as the end of the American Cup and the final CONCACAF Gold Cup.

Here are some other things to watch the 100 days going up to the World Cup.

Watch VIDEO: The other women's World Cup milestone for FIFA is confirming the use of a video review.

The prospect of VAR in France looked at the fact that there was a doubt when FIFA asked when asked if women's players could use the same technology as they did, # 39; he looked at the World Cup in Russia last year.

But FIFA confirmed that VAR World Cup Corps referee training was earlier this month. FIFA Council must ratify the use of VAR at a meeting in Miami next month.

LAST-MINUTE REVIEW: Australia dismissed January's coach Alen Stajcic, a coach in Matildas since 2014 and his contract was nine months left.

The Australian federation stated that Stajcic had followed an internal review and Ante Milicic was named to accept the World Cup.

Milicic is not the only person to jump to the team as late as the process. Alain Djeumfa replaced the Joseph Ndoko Cameroon committee in January. Known as the Lionesses, Cameroon has emerged in Canada but the team has been struggling to prepare for France recently.

The refusal was a surprise because Ndoko led the team to the third place of the United Nations Women's Cup last year, and a famous Cameroon for the World Cup.

TUNING UP: The 100-day mark also means that all teams are going to prepare for the event. The United States is hosting a SheBelieves Cup with Japan, England and Brazil – all of the teams involved in the World Cup. The Algarve Cup is also an annual in Portugal, which starts on Thursday and features of Canada, Sweden, Spain and some other teams.

Australia is hosting the United Nations Cup Cup, which will include New Zealand, Argentina and South Korea, also starting on Thursday.

"We have eight games left, coach US Jill Ellis said Tuesday about the remaining schedule." We have everything we can get together with the players to make those relationships really important. "

But there is more urgency for the teams that usually do not have regular regular games. In Chile and Jamaica, each of which will play their World Cup in France, there will be two games in Jamaica, with the first Thursday in Kingston.

"Chile has recently gone to Brazil and Italy, so we will have the opportunity to measure ourselves when we're a team," said Hamaica Hue Menzies's last week's reporters. It is hoped that the Girls Regles, ranked No. 53 in the world, friendly against Panama as the team prepares for the World Cup.

FOCUS: Alyssa Naeher, US goalkeeper, was on the 2015 curriculum squad, although Hope Solo's backup is backed up. The presumptive priority now in France, Naeher relies on its motivation and focusing on the work to be done.

"It means, it's exciting to start counting like that (the 100 days) and it takes the stimulus around the whole event. But for myself, it's kind of waiting at the moment," said Naeher.

HEGERBERGUT: The coach in Norway, Martin Sjogren, told the BBC that Ballon's winner, Ada Hegerberg, may not have been in the World Cup. Hegerberg, who resigned the national team, stood up against the people who said she was not respected by female players in Norway. Sjogren said that there was a discussion, but ultimately Hegerberg decided to play.

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Rob Harris, Writer Global Soccer, Rob Harris in London and AP added this report.

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