Petition calls for equal pay for U.S. women World Cup soccer champs

Ross Houston
July 10, 2019

Members of the U.S. women's team are also suing U.S. Soccer, their employer, for paying them less than the men's team.

The women U.S. soccer players earn a maximum of $260,869 for advancing to the World Cup and winning, while the maximum for male USA players for doing the same thing is $1,114,429 according to an analysis from the Guardian.

The event marks New York's first ticker-tape parade since 2015, when the US women's national team last won the World Cup and became the first women's sports team to receive the honor. The Women's National Team will now be tied with the New York Giants with two parades a piece.

"Working with women as the Women's Soccer Coach at West Virginia University for over twenty four years and earning 17 Conference Championships, 20 NCAA appearances, and producing 25 professional players, I believe first hand, it is wrong for the US Soccer women to be paid and valued less for their work because of gender", Izzo-Brown wrote. "The U.S. Soccer Federation should work to correct course and close the wage gap so that the only thing women athletes are fighting for is the world title or a gold medal".

The United States is scheduled to host the 2026 men's World Cup in conjunction with Mexico and Canada. If passed, Manchin's bill would deny any and all federal funds provided to host cities; participating local and state organizations; the U.S. Soccer Federation, Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF), and Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA). Also, the women's national team made revenue in 2016 where the men made a net loss. Others fired back that the men's World Cup previous year generated $6 billion, of which the participants split $400 million, or about 7 percent of the total revenue.

Before the World Cup final, FIFA President Gianni Infantino proposed doubling the prize money for the next women's tournament, in 2023, from $30 million to $60 million. That process was set to unfold after the World Cup ended, with both sides said to be interested in arriving at a resolution without facing off in a courtroom. "We would much prefer to have a collaborative approach with FIFA, with the federation - how can we move this forward, how can we go to the next step, to create a world that is equal and fair for everyone?"

Of hearing the "Equal pay!" chants coming from the stands in Lyon, she said: "I think we knew that this win, if we were able to win, was going to be bigger than soccer, but that moment just solidified everything".

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