Everyone is now satisfied upon hearing that the US Women’s National Team is paid more than the men’s team after they successfully defended their FIFA Women’s World Cup title last month in France after the US Soccer faced tremendous public backlash and pressure to provide an equitable pay for the female all-stars that made the historic feat in France.
Based on the report from 안전놀이터, the US Soccer President Carlos Cordeiro, they already provided $34-million in salary and the game bonuses for the players from 2010 and 2018 compared to the men’s national team which got $26.4 million. However, this total does not include the total value of the benefits that are received by the US soccer teams such as healthcare, allowances, and other perks and benefits they have as part of the national team.
The US Soccer released the figures after some of the players from the women’s team accused the federation by filing a federal lawsuit for institutionalized gender discrimination which is the inequitable compensation when compared to the men’s team’s players’ regular compensation knowing that they have achieved more than the latter in terms of accolades.
The compensation comparison between the two teams has been very hard because of the pay structure which is based on the different collective bargaining agreements between the men and women’s teams. The women’s team’s pay is based on salary while the men are paid mainly on their matches and their performances.
According to the US women’s national team spokesperson, it was an unfortunate attempt by the US Soccer Federation in their attempt to quell the insurmountable tide of support that the women’s team have got from everyone in the United States even from their sponsors and the US Congress itself.
However, US Soccer Federation’s top honcho Cordeiro has released a statement that the federation has already conducted a deeper analysis of its finances for the past decade to clarify all the issues and the confusion based on the men and women’s pay structures.
According to the US Soccer Federation, they pay the women’s national team players up to $100,000 each year as a base salary, and additional $72,000 for each player as a salary for playing their mother club in the National Women’s Soccer League not to mention their health care benefits and their retirement plans as well.
The men’s national team, on the other hand, are paid according to their training camp call-ups, their game appearances and their performance bonuses, but the federation has already acknowledged that the men have the ability to earn bigger bonuses compared to the women’s team even though they did not make it to the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia while the women have won the title for two straight FIFA World Cups.
The US Soccer Federation also defended the men’s team because they generate more revenue than the women’s team. The women’s team according to them have generated $101-million out of 238 games from 2009 to 2019 while the men’s team generated $185.7-million out of 191 games to justify their method of paying differently for both teams.