U.S.—Dozens of 15-year-old boys’ soccer teams across the country have demanded equal pay to the women’s national team, since they are competitive with the women and even beat them from time to time.
At publishing time, the women had made the counterargument that the 15-year-old boys’ teams are smelly boys and should be stuffed in a locker somewhere.
Women Demand Equal Pay For U.S. Female Soccer Team, Men Try To List The Reasons Why They Shouldn’t In Response
The prize for the 2018 men’s World Cup stood at $400 million, while female players will receive $30 million this year. FIFA President Gianni Infantino said the organization would double it for the next women’s World Cup in 2023, but star player Megan Rapinoe said there still would be a long way to go.
Writing about the decision of the Norwegian FA to introduce equal pay, journalist Matthew Syed claimed, “Norwegian male footballers are effectively doing a different job. In economic terms, they are more productive, persuading more fans and TV viewers to watch them, and more companies to sponsor them.” According to Syed, the different levels of revenue generated by the two different teams means that their work should not be viewed as the same or even equivalent. This means that paying these two teams differently is not an instance of discrimination; it is simply a reflection of the differing commercial value of the two teams.
Denmark Women’s World Cup qualifier against Sweden has been cancelled because of a pay dispute.
The men’s team offered to give up their DKK 500,000 annual bonus for the women, but this was rejected.
The DBU said it has also informed Fifa of the players’ absence and was “awaiting a disciplinary ruling that may be both financial, punitive and/or excluded from the entire World Cup qualification” from the governing body.