USA Women’s Soccer Team Battles On and Off the Field

It is not difficult to recognize any of the women pictured above as they belong to the #1 ranked women’s soccer team in the world. The USA’s women’s soccer team has been recognized as the best in their league for quite some time. They continue to dominate the world in every aspect and remain the top team to defeat. This past summer, they won their fourth World Cup Championship, putting them four ahead of their male counterparts. With regards to this, earlier this year, the women’s soccer team began to speak up about the gender inequality that still remains in the Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA).

It is not difficult to see that the Women’s National Team (WNT) has gained much more success in the past few years then the Men’s National Team (MNT). The women argue that, with this amount of success, they should be granted the same or even more as the men’s team. It is argued that the wage is dependent on the amount of sponsors and viewers (fans) each team has, but that was proven wrong when each team brought in the same amount of sponsors and the women’s team has more of a public following than the men. It is even stated that the women’s team brought more revenue to the association than the opposite male National Soccer team.

USA Women’s Soccer Team claiming their fourth World Cup title this past summer. (Source:  Mollie Hemingway / The Federalist)

“Here’s an idea: If you win 13-0 — the most goals for a single game in World Cup history — you should be paid at least equally to the men’s team.” Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), on Twitter, June 11, 2019

The women’s only hope is to be treated as they should be. They will continue to fight this matter until all women in sports are treated equally. Women have proven time and time again that they can achieve just as much (or even more, in this case) than men. So, why should they have to sit back and have to deal with being set below them?

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Featured image: Alex Morgan, Hope Solo, Megan Rapinoe, Carli Lloyd and Becky Sauerbrunn (Source: U.S.W.N.T. Players Association)

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