Today, the U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team (USWNT) is about to compete towards the Netherlands in the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup final.
This World Cup, 24 groups competed in France for his or her percentage of $30 million in prize money from FIFA — which is simply 7.5% of the Men’s World Cup prize of $400 million in 2018. The team that wins the World Cup on Sunday will break up $four million of these funds, however, there’s extra than simply FIFA money on the line in these days’ championship.
According to files received with the aid of The Guardian, the USWNT’s agreement ensures a participant will get hold of $3,000 for every qualification sport they win (given that they gained all 5 that’s complete of $15,000); a $37,500 bonus for qualifying for the World Cup; $37,500 for making the final US World Cup roster; and $one hundred ten,000 if they win the entire World Cup — a potential grand total of $2 hundred,000 each.
In assessment, had the U.S. Men’s National Team (USMNT) qualified for the 2018 FIFA Men’s World Cup, which the crew did now not, gamers might have acquired $108,695 each. Had the crew received all in their sixteen qualifying video games, made the very last World Cup roster and gained the World Cup, USMNT gamers could be paid a total of over $1.1 million each.
The USWNT’s contract also reportedly includes a settlement that every player be paid $60,869 for a four-sport victory excursion, ought to they win the World Cup.
Women’s team gamers obtained not anything for advancing to the knockout stages of the World Cup, at the same time as U.S. Guys’ group players could have earned $329,376 for the same accomplishment, in step with The Guardian.
This football pay hole exists in spite of the profitability of the USWNT. According to The Wall Street Journal, U.S. Girls’ soccer video games have generated extra sales for the U.S. Soccer Federation (USSF) than U.S. Guys’ games over the last 3 years, and in line with Nike, the 2019 ladies’ stadium domestic jersey is the pinnacle-promoting soccer jersey, guys’s or ladies’s, ever offered on Nike.Com in one season.
In 2016, 5 U.S. Women’s players filed a discrimination criticism with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), and in March, 28 members of the USWNT filed a lawsuit in opposition to the united states for gender discrimination and unequal pay. In June, The Wall Street Journal, mentioning sources acquainted with the situation, said that USSF and the USWNT have “tentatively agreed to pursue mediation after the World Cup ends.”
But the USWNT isn’t the only group preventing for equal pay.
Since 2017, Norweigan Ballon d’Or triumphing striker Ada Hegerberg has been on strike, refusing to play for her country wide group until the women’s and men’s groups play beneath identical conditions. SBNation’s James Dator calls Hegerberg “the quality player in football.”
Since October 2018, Australian footballer’s union Professional Footballers Australia (PFA) has despatched several letters to FIFA urging the corporation to move in the direction of pay equality. According to the PFA, despite the fact that the ladies’ prize money pool persisted to multiplied 100% each yr, it would be 2039 before guys and girls’ prize money became identical.
The World Cup host country France’s girls’ team is likewise fighting a massive football pay hole. According to Le Parisien, the French girls’ squad is paid a fixed sum for every fit and could have obtained 40,000 euro (approximately $45,478) every if they gained the World Cup final. When the French men’s crew gained the World Cup final in 2018, gamers had been paid 370,000 euro (about $420,672) each.