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Marquette girls soccer players see USA women's team as inspiration

Alex Morgan and other members of the U.S. team celebrate with the trophy after winning the Women's World Cup Alex Morgan and other members of the U.S. team celebrate with the trophy after winning the Women's World Cup
Cary Erickson | 11 July, 2019, 21:43

"You should get paid the same amount whatever the job is. 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.

The U.S. women won that tournament. Bearing the US national team's crest - with a new fourth star representing the latest world title - the floats will also carry officials and dignitaries along the parade route.

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. For the average person that's a lot of money, unless it's compared to the $1,114,429 each men's team member would earn for winning a World Cup title.

The 2026 FIFA World Cup will be a men's championship and is set to be hosted by Canada, Mexico, and the United States. Federal funds would also be withheld from Federation Internationale de Football Association, soccer's global governing body, and from the regional body that administers the World Cup qualifying tournament that includes the U.S.

FILE - In this October 10, 2017, photo, US player Christian Pulisic, (10) is comforted by assistant coach Dave Sarachan after losing 2-1 against Trinidad and Tobago during a 2018 World Cup qualifying soccer match in Couva, Trinidad. These athletes generate more revenue and garner higher TV ratings but get paid less simply because they are women. "It was like, this World Cup win is so much more than what was on the field".

Several members the Marquette United Girls U-17 team said they followed the USA team through the tournament.

Ellis hopes the 2019 tournament will further help raise the profile of the women's game. At the final whistle of the final game of the tournament in Lyon, France, fans chanted "Equal Pay!"

"I just want to be like them", she said. The repeat champs beat the Netherlands 2-0 on Sunday to win the 2019 Women's World Cup, inspiring another ticker tape parade in lower Manhattan that will bring soccer fans together to rejoice in the historic win. However, the U.S. Soccer Federation argues that the gap in total prize money is based on the amount that FIFA provides and so claims that it is unfair to be held accountable for FIFA's decision. "Equal work, equal pay", he said. "Why not in the sports arena, as well?"

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For Rapinoe and other veterans of the USA women's team, New York's Canyon of Heroes is familiar ground: They were treated to a parade there in 2015, after their last World Cup win.

The women's earning power also extends to merchandise.

Lily plays soccer on a club team and says, "Hopefully one day I'll play professional".

Not only are the women paid less, but U.S. Soccer has used their success to try to jump-start interest in men's soccer. However, according to Wall Street Journal, the United States women's games generated about $50.8 million in revenue from 2016 to 2018, while the men's games earned a slightly lower $49.9 million during the same period. "So, I think now it's really a question of education and enforcement: making sure that employers know what their obligations are and that they're following the law".

"We have been known as America's favourite soccer team", she said.

"I would not go and every teammate that I've talked to explicitly about it would not go", Rapinoe responded, prompting Cooper to ask "everyone you've talked to?" "You need to do better for everyone".

The mayor, a Democratic presidential candidate, said he would insist that Congress pass an amendment to the Amateur Sports Act "requiring equal pay for men and women in all of our national sports teams". U.S. Soccer Federation President Carlos Cordeiro also mentioned the women's equal pay fight during his speech.

A bipartisan resolution was introduced Wednesday by U.S. Sen.