Did you know? The Patriot Post is funded 100% by its readers. Help us stay front and center in the fight for Liberty and support the 2022 Independence Day Campaign.

Culture Beat / August 1, 2019

U.S. Women Soccer Players Paid More Than Men?

U.S. Soccer releases fact sheet showing female players actually earned more than men.

Following the recent Women’s World Cup in which the U.S. Women’s National Team won its fourth world championship, prominent members of the team loudly complained of not receiving pay equal to the men’s team. The players blamed the U.S. Soccer Federation (USSF) for engaging in “institutionalized gender discrimination” and initiated a lawsuit. On Monday, USSF president Carlos Cordeiro released a letter and a fact sheet showing that, among other things, female players have actually been paid more than their male counterparts.

Cordeiro notes that from 2010 to 2018 USSF paid out $34.1 million in salary to female players and over that same period of time paid out $26.4 million to male players. He further pointed out that the women’s total payout does not include health care and retirement costs, which the USSF also covers. The male players do not receive health care coverage nor retirement compensation.

On top of this revelation, Cordeiro highlighted the fact that over the last 10 years, the USWNT has lost the USSF money:

From 2009 through 2019 — a timeframe that includes two Women’s World Cup championships — the Women’s National Team has earned gross revenue of $101.3 million over 238 games, for an average of $425,446 per game, and the Men’s National Team has earned gross revenue of $185.7 million over 191 games, for an average of $972,147 per game. More specifically, WNT games have generated a net profit (ticket revenues minus event expenses) in only two years (2016 and 2017). Across the entire 11-year period, WNT games generated a net loss of $27.5 million. Nevertheless, U.S. Soccer does not view these as losses, but rather as an important investment in our Women’s National Team and in the long-term growth of women’s soccer.

On Wednesday, the U.S. Men’s National Team (USMNT) weighed in, releasing a statement that was critical of the fact sheet and siding with the USWNT in its equal-pay dispute. A USMNT representative noted that the USSF fact sheet did not include any information on money the USSF generated via sponsorships, marketing, and television, and alleged that revenue was not shared with the women’s team. It should also be noted that the men’s team’s collective-bargaining agreement expired at the end of 2018, and a new CBA has yet to be reached.

However this dispute ends up in court, we think it’s pretty clear that the women have shot way wide of the goal.

Start a conversation using these share links:

Who We Are

The Patriot Post is a highly acclaimed weekday digest of news analysis, policy and opinion written from the heartland — as opposed to the MSM’s ubiquitous Beltway echo chambers — for grassroots leaders nationwide. More

What We Offer

On the Web

We provide solid conservative perspective on the most important issues, including analysis, opinion columns, headline summaries, memes, cartoons and much more.

Via Email

Choose our full-length Digest or our quick-reading Snapshot for a summary of important news. We also offer Cartoons & Memes on Monday and Alexander’s column on Wednesday.

Our Mission

The Patriot Post is steadfast in our mission to extend the endowment of Liberty to the next generation by advocating for individual rights and responsibilities, supporting the restoration of constitutional limits on government and the judiciary, and promoting free enterprise, national defense and traditional American values. We are a rock-solid conservative touchstone for the expanding ranks of grassroots Americans Patriots from all walks of life. Our mission and operation budgets are not financed by any political or special interest groups, and to protect our editorial integrity, we accept no advertising. We are sustained solely by you. Please support The Patriot Fund today!

★ PUBLIUS ★

“Our cause is noble; it is the cause of mankind!” —George Washington

The Patriot Post is protected speech, as enumerated in the First Amendment and enforced by the Second Amendment of the Constitution of the United States of America, in accordance with the endowed and unalienable Rights of All Mankind.

Copyright © 2022 The Patriot Post. All Rights Reserved.

The Patriot Post does not support Internet Explorer. We recommend installing the latest version of Microsoft Edge, Mozilla Firefox, or Google Chrome.