United States Women’s Soccer Teams Wage Discrimination

A look at the United States Women’s Soccer Teams Wage Discrimination Lawsuit

 

Gender pay gap is a reality no one can deny although many people have arguments trying to justify the rampant wage discrimination. Some industries are more immune to gender pay gap and there are indeed a few professions where women get paid more than men. However, most females earn substantially less than their male counterparts, in the same industry and profession, catering to almost identical roles.

 

While most people are aware of the chronic problem, not many are familiar with the numbers. How much exactly do men earn more than women in the same profession? There are many cases from around the country that can answer the question. One in particular is the wage discrimination lawsuit filed by the United States women’s soccer team. Five members of the national women’s soccer team, Alex Morgan, Megan Rapinoe, Hope Solo, Becky Sauerbrunn and Carli Lloyd, complained to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission accusing the U.S. Soccer Federation of paying the women players much less than the men players. This lawsuit was filed in April 2016.

 

A separate lawsuit was filed in the district court by the Women’s National Team Players Association that sought to void the extension of a collective bargaining agreement they had with the U.S. Soccer Federation. This case has had closure with the court ruling in favor of the federation and the collective bargaining agreement. The court upheld the validity of the agreement and instructed the association that all players had to comply with the terms, including the no strike statute in the contract.

 

The wage discrimination lawsuit filed by the five women soccer players brings to light some surprising numbers. The lawsuit points out that men players get a five thousand dollars bonus even if they lose a friendly, but women get nothing of such sort if they lose or even if they manage to draw. Upon winning, the men players get as high as eighteen thousand dollars, but women players get less than fourteen hundred. There is also reference to the men and women teams playing at major competitions such as the World Cup.

 

The women’s team secured the second place in the 2011 World Cup and all of them were paid a sum of $1.8 million. This amount was evenly split among all the twenty-four players in the national team. The men’s soccer team failed to make it beyond the round of sixteen and yet they were given $5 million. In the 2014 World Cup that Germany won, the U.S. men’s team was given $35 million by the Federation Internationale de Football Association. A year later, when the women’s team won the World Cup, they were only given 5% of what the men got.

 

The lawsuit doesn’t just highlight how much more men get paid for the same job, but it also shows that men get paid much more even when they accomplish far less than women. This is not unique to soccer but what is surprising is the extent of discrimination. The lawsuit is null and void now as there is a new collective bargaining agreement in place between the Players Association and the Soccer Federation since April 2017.

 

 

History of Soccer in Sacramento, California

Believe it or not, Sacramento has always been a big soccer community.

Sure, the Sacramento Kings get a lot of the attention nationally (but a lot of that has to do with the fact that the NBA is, at least currently, a much bigger draw professionally), but to anyone that has lived in Sacramento for any amount of time knows that the soccer community is as robust as any other sports community in the area.

Known as the most diverse city in the United States since 2002 (according to Time magazine), it should come as no real surprise to many that Sacramento is quite as big a soccer community as it is.

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Soccer is hands-down the biggest sport worldwide (gigantic everywhere but the United States, it seems), and when people come to Sacramento they bring their love of this game with them.

If you’d like to know little bit more about the history of soccer in Sacramento, as well as where the future of soccer in Sacramento is headed, you’re going to want to check out this quick guide.

The roots of soccer in Sacramento run quite deep

Soccer didn’t really grab hold in the United States until the early 20th century, but the soccer community was thriving throughout Northern California (and in Sacramento in particular) a lot earlier than that.

In the middle parts of the 19th century the California Football League, the Western League, and a handful of other semiprofessional leagues sprung up, which led to the creation of the California State Football Association in 1902.

We mean football in the European sense of the word, and not the American football game that dominates US culture today, of course!

After the creation of the CSFA in 1902 the John O Belis Perpetual Trophy was established, and talent from all over the nation flooded into Sacramento for a chance to win this coveted tournament.

Otto Massara was also a tremendously influential figure in the Sacramento soccer community, moving from Italy to San Francisco before making his way to Sacramento, establishing leagues and creating soccer clubs along the way.

He eventually became the president of the CSFA (later renamed the California Soccer League), and after he passed away his ashes were spread all over only a field – home to some of the biggest tournaments in the area.

Soccer’s big buildout in Sacramento happened in the early 90s

The growth of soccer in Sacramento was tremendously organic through the 20th century, but in the early 90s things started to explode.

A number of professional indoor soccer and semiprofessional outdoor soccer teams started to build up major fan bases in Sacramento, with the Sacramento Knights playing at ARCO Arena for years and years. They were able to draw anywhere between 6500 and 7200 fans a night while they played, one of the highest average attendances for soccer in the nation.

During the 2010 World Cup, the average viewership rates of soccer were higher in Sacramento, and this city consistently had a top 10 listing as far as television ratings were concerned throughout the 2010 FIFA World Cup. We’re talking about worldwide ratings here, not just in the United States!

 

The future of soccer in Sacramento is also incredibly bright.

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The woman’s national team as well as the men’s national team have all played matches in Sacramento, and more than 20 players from the Sacramento area have already played or are currently playing in the MLS. 13 players from the area have contributed to the US at the national level, and 24 players have either played or are currently playing in Europe at the highest levels of professional play.

There are a considerable amount of soccer training facilities in Sacramento, and there are more being built. The indoor game is almost as popular as the outdoor game, and even though Northern California isn’t exactly the least friendly climate to train in (pretty gorgeous all year round), the indoor game continues to build up a lot of steam as time goes on.

All in all, the future of soccer in Sacramento certainly isn’t in any jeopardy. The game continues to get more and more popular on a national level (especially after the women won the World Cup for the US this past tournament), and Sacramento is doing absolutely everything it can to grow the popularity of the sport as well!