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As you must have heard, the USA Women's Soccer team took home 1st place during the World Cup Championship, defeating Japan 5-2! One would think that WORLD CHAMPIONS would be receiving world champion paychecks, sponsorships, free gatorade for forever... and yet this is not the case.
Even though this years Women's World Cup has brought in over 25 million views, making it the most viewed soccer game in U.S. history, the wage gap between the World Champion Women and the currently raked 27th Mens Teams is disgusting.
Yes, I understand that Mens Soccer is watched more (cue eye roll), however despite the exposure and success of the Women's team, the Men's team will still be paid 40 times more, despite their loss in the first round!
According to Mary Pilon and her article about the Wage Gap in Soccer, the salaries of the National Women's Soccer League range from $6,000 to $30,000 with a $200,000 cap. This could mean that some of the players would end up UNDER the poverty line! The men, in comparison, have a pay cap of $3.1 million!
According to Fusion this creates the biggest wage gap in the work place, tallying up to first division women soccer players making around 98.8% less then their male counterparts.
In reference to the World Cup alone, the USA winning women's team will make a total of $2 million in comparison to the Mens team who will make $9 million for losing ($1.5 million of it was just for the men participating).
Im sorry, maybe I am just a little bit confused, but wasn't it the USA WOMENS Team that won? yet by salary alone it seems that just being a man will give you a much better pay out, even if you do lose.
Unfortunately, I can't say that I am surprised. However, Women's sports have been pushed aside for far to long. Hopefully the added attention because the girls team, you know...actually won, will help change the way women and mens sports are divided up!
@shannonl5 Well, that's definitely true. The real trouble is that the women's club league, where they play during the regular season, has almost no fan base. I don't think I could name a single team, for example. it's a tiny league. So that's what really needs to be bumped up to get the game going
@shannonl5 i don't know how women's soccer in particular works. but this is applicable to most sports. often the league sets salary caps for each team, which theoretically would correspond to the amount of income the league generates. Ticket sales usually go right to the team, not the league. I just don't know how much money these teams and leagues are making from their sponsors
(This is of course totally problematic.... 98.8% yeesh?!?!?!)
@bulie I agree. There are problems in the differences between the two games. but i don't think there's anything wrong with relying on sponsorships for income. the truth is that there isn't that much money to be made on the matches themselves for women's soccer (which is a problem, but it's also a reality), so the teams aren't going to pay the huge wages that men make. besides, sponsorships contribute a huge amount of the salaries for all athletes, men and women alike
The fact that world champion players will have to sell their image for sponsorships to make ends meet is upsetting to say the least. The difference between how women's and men's team are treated is becoming clearer and clearer especially since the world cup was played on AstroTurf
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