I was thinking about ways that the inequality between men's and women's football could be addressed. I.e. to make women's football more important for FAs and fans in general. To me it seems at the moment that women's football is widely considered
just an afterthought, or something like youth matches which are not too
important compared to senior men's.
FIFA already has a spending percentage allocation for each FA towards women's football. I suggested before that the male and female World Cups should be hosted simultaneously in the same location.
Supposing that men and women's matches counted equally for the unisex ranking points, would this make certain countries put more effort to develop women's football?
Note that FIFA uses different ranking systems for the two genders.
Currently women's teams play more international matches (major countries at least) than men, presumably because club football is less "important", so this would have to be addressed. Perhaps things could be made completely symmetric so that every men's tournament has a mirror women's tournament happening concurrently, with the same groups and same fixtures.
Another way to make the two equally important would be to incorporate results of both genders into the same competition. Either by cumulative points (men + women) or by taking the best of both (max(men,women)).
For example, in the last (men's) World Cup we had Group H
1.Belgium 3 3 0 0 4- 1 9
2.Algeria 3 1 1 1 6- 5 4
3.Russia 3 0 2 1 2- 3 2
4.South Korea 3 0 1 2 3- 6 1
If women's teams had the same fixtures, let us suppose the outcome was:
1.South Korea 3 2 1 0 - 7
2.Russia 3 1 2 0 - 5
3.Belgium 3 1 1 1 - 4
4.Algeria 3 0 0 3 - 0
Then you could have, overall (cumulative):
1.BELGIUM 6 4 1 1 - 13
2.SOUTH KOREA 6 2 2 2 - 8
3.Russia 6 1 4 1 - 7
4.Algeria 6 1 1 4 - 4
or (best result of both)
2.SOUTH KOREA 7
So then Belgium and South Korea would advance to the second round in both the men and women's tournaments. Russia and Algeria eliminated from both.