Published: Wed, July 10, 2019
Sport | By Wilson Duncan

Women's National Team Parades Through NYC's 'Canyon Of Heroes'

Women's National Team Parades Through NYC's 'Canyon Of Heroes'

And now that the United States has again won the Women's World Cup, their cause has turned into a national obsession, as Americans abruptly noticed that the pool of prize money available to their champions was less than 10 percent of what Federation Internationale de Football Association, soccer's world governing body, offers the men. That's why I'm introducing legislation that will require the U.S. Soccer Federation to pay the men's and women's national soccer teams equitably before any federal funds may be used for the 2026 World Cup. Jennifer Bendery of HuffPo laid out exactly what it would mean if this bill came to pass.

The U.S. women's national team jersey is the best-selling soccer jersey for Nike, not the men's.

In March, the US women's team filed a gender discrimination suit. The legislation comes days at the women's team latest World Cup victory - which fired up their long-running fight for equal pay.

Under the current system, the USA men's team has the capacity to earn more money than the women's thanks to the higher win bonuses on offer to male players.

"The inequality of pay is unjust and this wage gap with the United States men's national team has to stop".

"It is time for the Federation to correct this disparity once and for all".


There are arguments being made both that the women's team is underpaid based on its performance, and that the team is actually overpaid based on the amount of revenue the sport of women's soccer generates. The women's games have also garnered higher ratings and more revenue in recent years.

The 2026 World Cup is expected to be hosted by Canada, Mexico and the United States as part of a joint bid and will need federal funding. However, that would still be far less than the $440 million allotted for male players in the 2022 World Cup.

After their 2015 World Cup triumph, the team became the first women's team to be celebrated with a ticker-tape parade - also the last time a ticker-tape parade was held in NY.

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"We would much prefer to have a collaborative approach with FIFA, with the federation - how can we move this forward, how can we go to the next step, to create a world that is equal and fair for everyone?"

The match averaged 589,000 viewers online - 289,000 on Fox apps and 300,000 on NBC and Telemundo apps - which makes it the most-streamed Women's World Cup match ever. "That's just plain wrong", Manchin responded in a statement.

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