Women Demand Equal Pay For U.S. Female Soccer Team, Men Try To List The Reasons Why They Shouldn’t

After making the nation proud with yet another soccer World Cup triumph, fans and players of the all-conquering U.S. Women’s National team immediately restated their demands for equal pay with their lesser-decorated male counterparts.
As FIFA president Gianni Infantino strode onto the pitch for presentations after the USA beat Netherlands 2-0 in the final, a large section of the crowd could be heard loudly and clearly, chanting their wish. Equal pay! Equal Pay!

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When you look at the stats related to performance alone it’s impossible to argue against equal pay, at the very least. The USWNT have dominated women’s soccer since the first World Cup in 1991, winning four titles and placing at least third in the other four.
In contrast, the men’s team have struggled. Their best result in the illustrious tournament is a 3rd place, back at the very first World Cup in 1930 when only 8 teams entered.

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When it comes to World Cup prize money, this is decided by FIFA. As the men’s World Cup is a much older and more established competition, interest and revenues are still far higher, and the prize money reflects this.

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The prize for the 2018 men’s World Cup stood at $400 million, while female players will receive $30 million this year. FIFA President Gianni Infantino said the organization will double it for the next women’s World Cup in 2023, but star player Megan Rapinoe said there still would be a long way to go.
“It certainly is not fair,” she said. “We should double it now and use that number to double it or quadruple it for the next time.”

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