United States National Soccer Team (USWNT) continue their legal battle with US Soccer over equal pay with the USMT after US soccer finally admitted that football competitions require the same skills.
US Soccer found itself under the public microscope and on the receiving end of serious criticism after filing documents that stated that the men’s soccer competitions carried more responsibility for the players as they required more skill, speed and strength in order to compete.
In the era of women’s rights and gender equality, this sentiment did not go down well with various sectors of the American public, including one of their major sponsors Coca Cola.
The persuing backlash from that statement resulting in Carlos Cordeiro resigning as president o fUS Soccer and being replaced by his vice-president Cindy Parlow Cone.
The irony in the previous statement released by the federation is that the USWNT has gone on to achieve far more than the Men’s side, winning the FIFA women’s World Cup twice and helping bring in more fans and support to the world of soccer in America.
The United States women’s National Team have won a total of 4 FIFA World Cups Championships as well as 4 Olympic Gold medals. In the lawsuit filed by the USWNT, “female WNT players would earn a maximum of $99,000 or $4,950 per game, while similarly situated male MNT players would earn an average of $263,320 or $13,166 per game”.
The lawsuit has once again brought to the limelight the harsh disparities on wages between men and women in similar industries of work and should the USWNT win the case, it would finally open the gates for many female athletes who have spent years earning far less than their male counterparts.
US Soccer claims that the reasons for the pay difference between the USWNT and USMT are based on the varying prize money available to both sports. For example, the Men’s World Cup in 2018 had a total purse of US$400 million and a prize purse of US$38 million whereas the Women’s World Cup had a purse of only US$30 million and US$ 4 million available for the winners.