The players of the U.S. women’s soccer team, who were eliminated after the worst ever performance at the FIFA Women’s World Cup, will receive much more prize money than when they won the championship four years ago.
The Wall Street Journal (WSJ) reported on the 8th (local time) that the players of the women’s national team received the highest amount ever paid at this World Cup thanks to a collective agreement signed with the U.S. Soccer Association last year.
The clause in the collective agreement that had a decisive effect on the rapid increase in the amount of payments for the US women’s national team players is that ‘the World Cup prize money is distributed in half after adding the prize money of the men’s and women’s national teams except for the 10% share of the association’.
The prize money awarded by FIFA to the women’s national team, which was considered a favorite for the World Cup but lost to Sweden in the round of 16, was 2.925 million dollars (approximately 3.86 billion won).메이저놀이터
However, earlier, the US men’s team advanced to the round of 16 at the 2022 World Cup in Qatar and received a prize of 13 million dollars (17.16 billion won).
The reason for the difference in prize money between the men’s and women’s national teams, who advanced to the round of 16 equally, is that the total prize money for the Men’s World Cup is more than four times larger than that for the Women’s World Cup.
In 2016, five women’s soccer players, including Alex Morgan, Megan Ruffino and Hope Solo, filed a complaint with the U.S. Federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, claiming that it was unreasonable to be paid less than men.
The main reason female players demanded equal pay was ‘grade’.
So far, the U.S. women’s team has won the World Cup and the Olympics four times. On the other hand, the men’s national team has never even come close to winning the World Cup.
In 2019, the women’s national team filed a civil suit seeking damages due to wage discrimination.
Although they lost in the first trial, they reached an agreement on $24 million (approximately 31.7 billion won), equivalent to one-third of the damages the female players demanded, in the appeals court, and a collective agreement on equal wages was also promised. (yunhap news)