The US Soccer Federation has released information regarding the respective salaries of the male and female World Cup teams- and the facts seem to be infuriating for the now politically-charged women’s team.
For the past eight years, the federation has paid out $34.1 million in salary and game bonuses to the women, while $26.4 million was paid out to the men, a stark contrast from the popular narrative that the female athletes receive less.
A spokesperson for the women’s team, Molly Levinson, claims that the figures are disingenuous, as they don’t include healthcare and other benefits exclusive only to the women’s team.
“This is a sad attempt by USSF to quell the overwhelming tide of support the USWNT has received from everyone from fans to sponsors to the United States Congress,” Levinson said, calling the fact sheet a “ruse.”
According to the Daily Mail, the US women’s team earned significantly less for winning the Women’s World Cup than the men would if they had made it into the final showdown. However, the men’s team tends to generate considerably more revenue.
US Soccer President Carlos Cordeiro explained that comparisons between the male and female team benefits are difficult to make, as the two teams have completely different collective bargaining agreements, play a different number of matches and have different tiers for bonuses.
The women’s team has recently filed a federal lawsuit alleging “institutionalized gender discrimination,” which has gone to mediation.
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