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How US Women's Soccer Is Used to Prop Up the Men

From its earliest days, women’s soccer didn’t get much respect from sport organizers. Take the first World Cup in 1991, which wasn’t even called the “Women's World Cup.” Sponsored by Mars Inc., the candy empire, the event was branded the “1st FIFA World Championship for Women's Football for the M&Ms Cup.” “They weren't paid. They got $10 per diem a day. They were wearing hand-me-down uniforms. They weren't staying in the best hotel rooms,” says Eileen Narcotta-Welp, an assistant professor of sport management at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse. “They were literally eating Snickers and Pepsi to kind of fuel them through the 1991 game.” The U.S. women won that tournament.FILE -- Brandi Chastain celebrates her game-winning shootout kick for the U.S. team against China during the Women's World Cup Final at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Calif., July 10, 1999.Today, female soccer players get paid, but not enough, according to a lawsuit the U.S. women's national soccer team (USWNT) filed against U.S. Soccer, their employer, alleging, “institutionalized gender discrimination.”The United States Soccer Federation (USSF), also commonly referred to as U.S. Soccer, is the official governing body of the sport of soccer in the United States.The lawsuit alleges that female players each earn a maximum of $99,000 for a season, while the men make an average of $263,320.In the 28 years since that first World Cup win, the U.S. women’s team has been wildly successful, taking home four Women's World Cups in all, including the 2019 title captured on Sunday in a 2-0 victory over The Netherlands, four Olympic gold medals, and eight CONCACAF Gold Cups. The U.S. men haven’t fared as well, failing even to qualify for the most recent men’s World Cup in 2018. In fact, throughout the tournament’s 89-year history, the U.S. men have never earned a World Cup. FILE -- In... If you wish to read this full breaking news headline, plus more articles from around Thailand and Asia like, How US Women's Soccer Is Used to Prop Up the Men, simply click on 'Read full story' below, but 1st please give us a 'LIKE' or 'SHARE' before you leave. Thank you How US Women's Soccer Is Used to Prop Up the Men

 

 

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