Equal Pay for Women's National Soccer Team?

Jan 2014
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Argument: while popularity may be growing, it still lags greatly behind men's soccer. For example, Men in Russia 2018, over 3 million spectators, Women in France 2019, 1 million. Granted, the men's tournament has 32 teams, the women's 24, but average attendance for the men was 47,000, compared to 27,000. Asses in the seats mean bigger sponsorship and more money, thus, men should be paid more.

Counter argument: The argument above is world wide. In the US, the men's soccer team is pathetic, rarely making it into the knockout round. While world wide men's attendance numbers leave the women's in the dust, in the US, the viewership for men's is equal to or below the women's.

Discuss among yourselves.
 

Babba

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They should get at least equal pay. But if you base it on popularity and wins compared to the men they should get more.
 
Jan 2014
18,431
5,312
California
They should get at least equal pay. But if you base it on popularity and wins compared to the men they should get more.
Ms. Babba,

I tend to agree. However, women's world cup does not bring in the revenue men's does. The 2015 Women's world cup brought in $73M in revenues. The 2018 Men's world cup brought in $6B. One other issue is both the men's and women's teams are made up of professional soccer players. Since nobody watches professional women's soccer, the US can get those players for a pittance. Not so for the men's team.