The Women’s World Cup soccer team has the world at their feet. Everyone, it seems, except the men who pay the prize money at the governing body FIFA.
The winning American team will receive a maximum of $200,000 each in prize money, including all other prizes along the way, compared to maximum earnings of $1,114,429 each for the men, according to the Guardian. FIFA’s rules for the World Cup men’s team awards the winning team with $9.375 million, which is divided equally among the 23 players, the Guardian added.
The U.S. Women’s National Team won its record fourth Women’s World Cup title and took home the prize for the second consecutive time, beating the Netherlands 2-0 on Sunday. Before the final, an estimated 850 million viewers across all platforms watched the tournament and the total audience could exceed 1 billion, according to Goal.com.
Megan Rapinoe, the widely lauded pink-haired women’s captain, converted a tie-breaking penalty kick in the 61st minute of the game after a video review concluded that Stefanie van der Gragt had fouled Alex Morgan with a high kick to in the penalty area, the Associated Press reported. Rose Lavelle scored the second goal for the U.S.
The Women’s World Cup players don’t receive money bonuses for moving ahead in the tournament, according to documents reviewed by The Guardian. For example, Men’s World Cup soccer players are entitled to up to $679,321 per player for advancing to the knockout round of the tournament compared to just $90,000 for women.
The U.S. Women’s National Team filed a gender-discrimination lawsuit last March. In one calculation taken over a four-year period through 2016, the lawsuit claims that if the women’s U.S. soccer team won 20 non-tournament games a year, the top women’s players would earn just 38 cents on the dollar compared to men.
After winning Sunday’s game, Rapinoe told ESPN DIS, -0.46% : “Everyone is kind of asking what’s next and what we want to come of all of this. It’s to stop having the conversation about equal pay and are we worth it and should we and the investment piece. What are we going to do about it?” She added, “It’s time to sit down with everyone and really get to work.”