Women’s football. In the American team, they already earn the same as them

In the United States, soccer is not, by far or near, the most popular sport at the national level… Curiosity exemplifies this way in the country: unlike in most countries, the women’s national team tends to have the greater championship than the male.

Let Hope Solo, Alex Morgan and Megan Rapinoe say it, the world-famous representatives of the US national team. Now, the USA has taken a new step in equalizing the women’s national football teams and the men’s team: the awards for representing the country in international competitions will be the same for both teams. A feat that would surely satisfy Rapinoe and Morgan, two of the most famous faces in North American female soccer players’ fight for equality in terms of prizes and payments.

“It truly is a historic moment. These deals have changed the game forever here in the United States and have the potential to change the game around the world,” said US Soccer President Cindy Barlow Kohn in reaction to the move, which will run until at least 2028. Identical pay for all competitions, including the FIFA World Cup, and the introduction of the same commercial revenue-sharing mechanism for both teams.

The FIFA estimates that this new deal, and a departure from FIFA guidelines, will mean that the average annual salary between next year and 2028 will be $450,000 (about €428,000) for a player called up per game, with the potential to see the value double. In World Cup years, depending on the results. Previously, that number would have reached $327,000, up from $245 thousand in 2018.

The decision comes after years of struggle by the American players. Let Hope Solo say it, the former US national team goalkeeper who in 2019 revolted against pay inequality between female and male soccer players.

new list However, the United States is not the first country to take this step in the fight for equal pay among soccer players around the world. Finland, Norway, Denmark and the Netherlands have taken similar measures in recent years.

For example, the Finnish women’s soccer team reached an agreement in 2019 with the country’s soccer federation, providing for equal pay for male and female soccer players. In practice, this means that male and female players are starting to receive the same amount of bonuses in the event of a win and a tie when representing their national teams.

This was an achievement for the Finnish female athletes, known as Hilmart or Pearl Ols, who fought this battle for years. In 2017, the Finnish Equality Ombudsman (the authority that oversees compliance with equal treatment of men and women) launched an investigation into pay inequality at the national team level, eventually concluding that the pay gap does not violate the Equality Act.

However, the selection and the union reached an agreement two years later so that women and men would be entitled to the same awards. “Great day,” Linda Saleström, a player for the Finnish national team and the Paris FC striker, wrote on Twitter at the time. “I feel proud to be a Finnish footballer. In addition to our common dreams and goals, we now also share the same terms of contract between Finnish A-teams.

long story The agreement now reached in the United States is the result of a conflict that has continued over the past few years, which has sparked controversy, controversy and several court cases. Twenty-five-year-old Washington Post, citing former US national team player Julie Fode, says the 1996 US women’s Olympic soccer team “made about $10. [cerca de 17 euros, aplicada a taxa de inflação] Per day”.

The paper points to the beginning of the women’s “struggle” for equal pay in football precisely that year, when the answer given to players who demanded higher salaries was: “Don’t be greedy”.

Then the Washington Post revealed the controversy suffered by the US women’s team at the beginning of the new millennium. In 1999, the United States beat China in the FIFA World Cup Final, and I thought it would be fair to see their salaries increase from $3,000 (about €4.7 thousand, applying inflation) to $5,000 (about 8). thousand euros (with inflation rate applied). This is at a time when the team was preparing to represent the country at the 2000 Sydney Olympics.

But the union refused the increase, according to the American newspaper. Only when the women’s team threatened to boycott the games did the country’s football governing body acquiesce in the increase. “They have ignored our successes over the past three years – including a world win and an Olympic gold medal,” said team captain Carla Overbeck.

And how can we talk about American women’s “battle” for equal pay in football without mentioning the legal process that began in 2015? That year, the FIFA Women’s World Cup Final became the most watched football match ever on American television (women’s and men’s teams), with the association bringing in more than $20 million in revenue. The same, though, continued to pay different wages to men and women.

In food allowances, for example, athletes got $60 a day, while men got $75. Reality led some players to the union trial, in a six-year process, and they eventually won, in February, a $24 million (about €23 million) adjustment.

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