The United States Women’s National soccer team has won three world cups in their history, including one in 2015. Despite all of this, and having much more success than their men counterparts, the conditions that women are forced to play in and the pay they are paid after games is far different than the men.
The men’s team received $9 million for losing in the round of 16 in the World Cup in Brazil in 2014. The women won the 2015 Women’s World Cup in Canada and received only $2 million. The women get paid 38%-72% that of a men’s player.
The fact that the women do not get paid if they lose the game is absolutely ridiculous. These players work just as hard, if not harder, than the men and get paid just a fraction of what the men are paid. It is a narrative that needs to be changed and these players deserve so much more than what they receive now.
The story going into the World Cup in Canada in 2015 was not about pay, but it was a problem that the men would never be faced with. Every single match in Canada was played on turf. There were companies that were reportedly ready to bring in natural grass in time for the tournament, however it was never done and the tournament was played on turf.
This is not just about pay, the treatment that the national team has as well as when they play with their club teams in the National Women’s Soccer League. Conditions of fields and practice fields are at despicable levels. The USWNT match in Hawaii was cancelled due to field conditions.
There was a lawsuit filed against the turf in Canada, that ended up being unsuccessful, and earlier this year five of the most prominent players on the USWNT filed a lawsuit against US Soccer.
It is simply a matter of fairness that they are paid the same.