Yes, we normally talk about the NFL variety of “football” but today I feel compelled to talk about the “fooootball” otherwise known as soccer. It has the same name so I figured I could get away with it today.
It goes without saying that the US Women’s Soccer team gets a huge congrats from us ladies here at Her Fantasy Football for their World Cup victory! Even more exciting is that the American viewership for the for the Women’s World cup was more than that of the NBA Finals or the Stanley Cup Finals.
With that said, the tournament this year has certainly had it’s fair share of controversy from domestic violence allegations against Hope Solo, the U.S. goalkeeper; frustrations on how U.S. Soccer handled the allegations; the ridiculousness of the women having to compete on artificial turf, raising the temperature by almost 20-30 degrees; and the fact that there have been indictments from U.S. federal investigators against FIFA.
Now to top it all off, we have the embarrassing fact that the women’s payout for being World Cup Champs is laughable compared to the men’s payout. The US women’s team will be paid $2 million for their victory compared to last year’s $35 million payout to the Germany male’s team and the $1.5 million each male soccer team got paid for merely participating in the Men’s World Cup.
Below are links to the stories to get a full grasp on the disparity in pay.