Neville not underestimating Scotland as Lionesses get set for World Cup showdown

World Cup Women footballers fight for even playing field

But one of the stars of England's team, which finished third at the 2015 World Cup, is more sympathetic to Federation Internationale de Football Association in the storm over the lack of prize money parity.

He said that for the next four years, the world body is dedicating US$500 million to women's soccer.

The U.S. will play their first World Cup match Tuesday afternoon in Reims, France when they take on Thailand at 3 p.m. EDT.

The rising interest in France, and in much of western Europe, follows the improved quality of numerous teams from traditional football powers.

Chances of advancing to the knockout stage: 40%.

Attendances are expected to be high for a tournament that will finish in Lyon on July 7, even if crowds do not reach the level of the 1999 World Cup when a record 90,185 attended the final when hosts the United States beat China.

The lawsuit came as a surprise given it was filed three months before the start of the World Cup, which kicked off in Paris on Friday.

"Obviously, we want to do well for many reasons but we also feel that if we are successful that also will help further our fight".

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Dunn wants the US team to inspire the next generation of players by "stepping on the pitch and being like "I want to win this game and I'm going to do whatever it takes" she said, adding "it's about grinding through these games and being that last team standing". With stars like Ertz and Megan Rapinoe also on the roster, the talent gap between the US and Thailand should be apparent from the start. "There's no changes there, which is great going into it because now we can really focus on finalizing those details and cleaning everything up". "We're playing well in the moment, but we've got to keep our feet on the ground and we need to continue working", France coach Corinne Diacre said.

We all respect each other's decisions and it's an issue we've considered carefully based on other players' experiences where they've told us how the criticism can affect them and how it can carry on after the tournament.

"They are focused on one thing and that's our first game and going after this tournament". Hungary ranks 45th in the world and didn't qualify for the World Cup.

The tournament is being broadcast by both public and cable television in France with Friday's opener, a 4-0 win for France over South Korea, going out on the TF1 channel. Australia will be interesting to watch as well since it has more National Women's Soccer League players than any other country aside from the United States.

And this year, players have been more vocal than ever before.

The U.S. has some of the best players in the tournament in Alex Morgan, Tobin Heath and Lindsey Horan. But there were question marks on defense during friendlies leading to the World Cup and there is a new starting goalkeeper in Alyssa Naeher, who will try to live up to the legacy set by former keepers Hope Solo and Briana Scurry.

'I still see a lot of the players now.

My mum will be a nervous wreck for the game and wearing the same clothes she always does when she watches me play, although she might have to take a different option to her usual black jeans given it's so warm out here. "We are absolutely determined to make sure the girls win tonight", said Sarah Loubillot, 14, cheered on by her team mates from an amateur club in central France.

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