In the United States, football is not, by far or near, the most popular game at the national level … greater protagonism than men.
Let Hope Solo, Alex Morgan and Megan Rapinoe say it, world famous representatives of the US national team. Today, the USA has taken a new step towards equality between women’s and men’s national football teams: the prizes for representing the country in international competitions are the same for both teams. An act that is sure to please Rapinoe and Morgan, two of the most notable faces in North America’s female player struggle for equality in terms of prizes and rewards.
“This is a truly 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 U.S. Soccer President Cindy Parlow Cone as reaction to the move, which will last until 2028. will be “equal pay for all competitions, including the FIFA World Cup, and the introduction of the same trade -sharing mechanism for both teams”.
The soccer players ’union estimates that this new deal, and the departure from FIFA guidelines, means that the average annual salary between next year and 2028 will be $ 450,000 (about € 428,000) for one player is called for each game, with a possibility. to see the value doubled in World Cup years, depending on the results. Previously, that number would be $ 327,000, up from $ 245,000 in 2018.
The decision comes after years of struggles with female US players. Let Hope Solo say this, former goalkeeper of the U.S. national team who, in 2019, revolted against unequal pay between female and male players.
new list The United States is not, however, the first country to take this step in the fight for fair pay for football players around the world. Finland, Norway, Denmark and the Netherlands have taken similar steps in recent years.
Finland’s women’s football team, for example, reached an agreement in 2019 with the country’s football federation, which provides for equal pay between male and female players. This means, in practice, that male and female players start receiving the same amount of bonus when there is a win and a draw when representing their respective national team.
It was a success for Finland’s national female players, known as Helmarit or Pearl Owls, who have faced this fight for years. In 2017, the Ombudsman for Equality of Finland (the authority that oversees the observance of equal treatment between men and women) launched an investigation into the issue of wage inequality at the national team level, which ultimately concluded that the salary gap does not violate the Equality Law.
However, the selection and the federation reached an agreement two years later so that women and men could have the same prizes. “A great day,” Linda Sällström, a Finnish national team player and Paris FC striker, wrote on Twitter at the time. “I feel proud to be a footballer in Finland. In addition to our common dreams and goals, we now also share the same contract terms between the Finnish A-teams.
Long story short The agreement now reached with the United States is the result of a struggle that has lasted the past few years, and that has generated debate, controversy and numerous court cases. Twenty-five years old, says The Washington Post, quoting Julie Foudy, a former player on the U.S. national team, who said that, in 1996, the U.S. women’s Olympic football team “saw about 10 dollars. [cerca de 17 euros, aplicada a taxa de inflação] every day “.
The newspaper marked the beginning of the women’s ‘fight’ for fair pay in football in the right year, when the response given by players demanding higher salaries was: “Don’t be selfish”.
The Washington Post then revealed the controversy the U.S. women’s national team was experiencing at the start of the millennium. In 1999, the United States defeated China in the final of the Football World Cup, and thought it fair to see their salary increase from 3 thousand dollars (about 4.7 thousand euros, applying the inflation rate). to 5 thousand dollars (about 8. one thousand euros, which applies the inflation rate). This is at a time when the team is preparing to represent the country at Sydney ’2000 Olympic Games.
However, the federation refused to advance, the American newspaper reported. It was only when the women’s group threatened to boycott the Games that the country’s governing body of football gave rise to it. “They ignored our achievements 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 ‘fight’ for fair pay in football without mentioning the legal process that began in 2015? That year, the Women’s Soccer World Cup final became the most-watched soccer game since American television (women’s and men’s teams), generating more than $ 20 million in revenue for the federation. The same, however, continues to pay men and women differently.
In food allowances, for example, athletes receive 60 dollars a day, while men receive 75. The fact led some players to take the Federation to court, in a process that lasted six years, finally won, in February, an adjustment of 24 million dollars. (about 23 million euros).