Jul 8, 2019

Women's World Cup: "Equal pay" chants erupt after U.S. win in France

The U.S. players with their 4th World Cup trophy in Lyon, central-eastern France. Photo: Franck Fife/AFP/Getty Images

Chants of "equal pay" erupted in Lyon, France, and FIFA President Gianni Infantino was booed over soccer's gender disparities after the U.S. team's Women's World Cup triumph over the Netherlands Sunday.

Why it matters: It's a reminder of disparities in men's and women's soccer that saw the U.S. women's soccer team file a lawsuit in March, accusing the United States Soccer Federation of "institutionalized gender discrimination." Democrats including several 2020 candidates signed a letter urging the women's team to be fairly compensated.

By the numbers: The prize money for the 2018 men's World Cup stood at $400 million, but the women players are to get $30 million this year, per CNN. Infantino has said soccer's governing body would double the amount for the 2023 Women's World Cup.

What she's saying: Megan Rapinoe, who scored in Team USA's 2-0 World Cup final triumph, said she's "down with the boos," according to the Guardian. "A little public shame never hurt anybody," she said. Rapinoe also urged FIFA not to wait to increase pay, per CNN.

"We should double it now and use that number to double it or quadruple it for the next time."

The big picture: The triumph in France marks a record 4th World Cup win for the United States women's soccer team. The U.S. is the first team to win back-to-back Women’s World Cup titles since Germany triumphed in 2003 and 2007, Outsports.com notes.

  • U.S. coach Jill Ellis is the first coach to win consecutive Women’s World Cup titles. Her team hasn't lost a game in the event since 2011, per the New York Times.

Go deeper: In photos: U.S. team triumphs in Women's World Cup final for a record 4th time

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U.S. soccer bill to block 2026 World Cup funds until equal pay occurs

The U.S. team celebrates the France 2019 Women's World Cup final win over the Netherlands. Photo: Philippe Desmazes/AFP/Getty Images

Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) introduced a bill Tuesday that would deny federal funding for the 2026 World Cup until the United States Soccer Federation agrees to provide equal pay for the men's and women’s U.S. national teams.

Why it matters: The U.S. is due to host the 2026 World Cup with Canada and Mexico. Pressure has been building on the soccer governing body to address gender disparities since the U.S. team won the Women's World Cup in Lyon, France on Sunday, triggering chants of "equal pay" from the crowd.

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U.S. Women's World Cup triumph wins bigger TV ratings than men's 2018 final

The U.S. team celebrates with the World Cup trophy in France. Photo: Franck Fife/AFP/Getty Images

More American TV viewers watched the women's U.S. soccer team win their 4th World Cup than tuned into the final of the men's tournament, Fox Sports first reported Monday, citing Nielsen figures.

Why it matters: Pressure is building on soccer's governing bodies to address gender pay disparities. The U.S. women's soccer team filed a lawsuit in March, accusing the United States Soccer Federation of "institutionalized gender discrimination." Democratic lawmakers, including 2020 candidates, have called for women players to be compensated fairly.

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U.S. Soccer says women's national team paid more than the men's side

Megan Rapinoe (center) and other members of the World Cup-winning U.S. team at a New York ticker tape parade. Photo: Johannes Eisele/AFP/Getty Images

The U.S. Soccer Federation released a letter Monday claiming that it's paid the World Cup champion women’s team more than the men’s national team in recent years — citing figures disputed by the U.S. Women's National Team.

Why it matters: Following the USWNT's 4th World Cup win this month, equal pay in sport has become a hot-button political issue. The letter's release comes ahead of mediation in the U.S. Women's National Team’s pay-equity lawsuit against the governing body, the Wall Street Journal notes.

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