It’s widely known that five U.S. women’s soccer team stars have been battling the U.S. soccer federation for months to close the pay gap between the women’s and the men’s soccer team. Alex Morgan, the Orlando Pride superstar, is among these five. Some call these women selfish, while others call them heroes. People use many different arguments to justify why these women athletes are paid less, so let’s look at the facts. How do they compare to the men’s team in regard to wins, viewers watching their games, and how much revenue they produce? QueensCast, your Orlando Pride experts, is here to share with you the truth behind the U.S. soccer teams’ wage gap.
The first argument many people bring up in the wage gap debate is that the men’s team is better, and that’s obviously why they receive higher pay. The next time someone argues this, however, you can inform them that the U.S. Men’s Soccer team is ranked 30th in the world and has never moved past round 16 at the World Cup. The U.S. Women’s Soccer team, on the other hand, is ranked number one in the world and has won three World Cups. On top of that, the U.S. Women’s Soccer team has won four Olympic gold medals. With this in mind, the reasons behind the gap become even more muddled.
The next argument often made is that the men’s team must have more viewers for their games and bring in more revenue to the U.S. Soccer Federation. That might help explain the wage gap, right? Unfortunately for those naysayers, that is, again, false. The U.S. Women’s Soccer team has the record for the most watched soccer game in American history, including the men’s team. What type of revenue does the men’s team bring in? They lost the U.S soccer federation two million last year, while the women brought in 17 million.
Even with all the facts, the U.S. Soccer Federation still says they have their reasons for the wage gap. How large is this gap, you ask? When women win a match, they receive an average of $1,300. Not too shabby, right? It is when compared to the men’s winnings. They receive around $17,000 every match they win, not to mention the $5,000 they get even when they lose! What do women make when they lose - nothing. Zero. Zip.
If you think this wage gap is unfair, we encourage you to continue supporting the efforts of women’s soccer by attending the games and sharing your love of the Orlando Pride. If the Orlando community rallies behind their women’s soccer team, this could be a big step in the right direction nationally. Follow QueensCast to continually stay up-to-date on the Orlando Pride.