Tuesday, 15 October, 2019


Fans heckle US Soccer president, demand 'equal pay' for World Cup winners

Women's World Cup Champions Parade New York showers confetti love on U.S. women's soccer teamWomen's World Cup Champions Parade
Noah Ferguson | 11 July, 2019, 19:01

He continued, saying "the USA has invested more in women's soccer than any country in the world", whereby the crowd started booing him and shouting "equal pay, equal pay". But if the US men had accomplished the same feat, each of them would have earned more than $1.1 million.

While the honour has been bestowed on everyone from astronauts to record-breakers, soldiers, and world leaders, in recent decades it has more commonly been used to celebrate sports victories by teams such as baseball's New York Yankees or the NFL's New York Giants.

As The Washington Post notes, "It's tough to make a straightforward comparison of the earnings for men and women players, because the two teams have different collective-bargaining agreements that outline different pay structures". "I don't think we want that to be co-opted or corrupted by this administration". The win marks the USWNT's fourth World Cup win.

Ongoing conversations about a pay gap started in the months leading up to the tournament, and led 28 members of the USA women's national team - including Megan Rapinoe and Alex Morgan - to take legal action over pay disparity and working conditions. For example, the US Soccer Federation awarded the women's team a $1.7 million bonus for winning the 2015 World Cup. Also, the women's national team made revenue in 2016 where the men made a net loss.

The crowd's condemnation followed on from the team's high-profile lawsuit filed against the national soccer body in March, demanding equal compensation with their male counterparts, and by extension, the issue of equal pay for women in general. Just like so many other Americans do when they come of age, ticker-tape parades even got their own vehicle.

For the record, the players and politicians haven't been the only ones pushing for equal pay during the parade.

She says that if she sees Morgan in the parade she's going to "scream my head off and try to get a hug".

Pay-gap conversations are continuing to progress just days after the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup ended, with U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) becoming the latest to offer a solution to the controversy. In 1989, in the run-up to the Women's World Cup, U.S. Soccer scheduled men's games right before the women's matches in combination hopes of drawing more attention to the men.

Federal funds will be absolutely essential for the 2026 World Cup given that host cities are asking for federal aid to provide proper infrastructure and security and that the State Department is coordinating global travel for Federation Internationale de Football Association officials. "You can't possibly understand what a childhood dream feels like until you live it".

"Megan Rapinoe, you make us believe!" said Wallace. "You need to do better for everyone".

For Narcotta-Welp, the general solution is simple, especially considering what the US women's soccer team has done for the sport.

Team members appeared on ABC's "Good Morning America" in Times Square on Tuesday to show off their trophy and answer questions from cheering kids. "At this moment, they are cultural icons and should be paid as such".

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