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Chelsea's Emma Hayes: Prize money in women's football isn't anywhere near where it needs to be

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Chelsea manager Emma Hayes has said prize money in the women's game "isn't anywhere near where it needs to be" as her team prepares to take on Arsenal in the FA Cup final on the anniversary of the English ban on women's football.

The two London teams will face each other on Sunday at Wembley on the 100-year anniversary of the English Football Association banning women playing football.

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The final was due to be played earlier in the year but was postponed because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

"We need more prize money for everyone. Not just the winning team. Why is it we don't get more prize money? We need more so it can trickle down," Hayes told a news conference on Friday.

"I don't think the prize money is anywhere near where it needs to be."

As well as being the 100th anniversary of the FA banning women's football, it is also the 50th anniversary of the FA Cup.

"For me, the FA Cup final is about everyone who has come before," Hayes added. "The scores of women who have built the game to this level. Whether they have played at Wembley or not.

"That is, for me, the most important thing about the weekend. I hope many of them are in the crowd and if not, they're watching from home. I salute all those women who provided the pathway and the gateway."

Hayes confirmed that Pernille Harder would be available for selection at the weekend while Maren Mjelde has not yet fully recovered.

Meanwhile, Arsenal coach Jonas Eidevall said that his side would be without Tobin Heath on Sunday but that Jen Beattie, Caitlin Foord and Simone Boye Sorensen were available.

"On game day, I feel very confident," Eidevall told a news conference on Friday. "Before game day, I think about everything that could go wrong."