Daniel Halliday
Jul 19 · Last update 3 mo. ago.

Should women be paid the same as men for playing football?

Following the victory of the USA at the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup the direct call for equal pay for female footballers came directly from the winning team with co-captains Megan Rapinoe and Alex Morgan talking about the issue in media interviews. This is part of a long ongoing international call for more equal or better conditions for sportswomen, and in America this has taken the form of legal action against US Soccer and FIFA. The US team returned to New York City to a parade and chants of “equal pay” from football fans. But is the issue as simple as that? Should female footballers be paid the same amount as their male counterparts?
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No, women’s football makes less money

To argue there is a disparity only between men and women’s football is hugely short-sighted, as male footballers are all paid differently from each other also. Regardless of gender some footballers are paid more depending on their age, how many goals they score, what league and team they play for and even where they come from, with South Americans and Europeans often being in higher demand. It is an inescapable fact that there is less money in women’s football due to less advertising revenue; with less money available players are paid less. The recent call for pay equality for female footballers has come from the female captain of the United States football team, Megan Rapinoe, who, after winning the Women’s 2019 World Cup, used her platform to denigrate her president and country and to demand equal pay, despite the clear lack of logic.

quora.com/How-is-the-market-value-of-a-football-player-decided modernghana.com/sports/941554/trump-tells-us-womens-football-captain-to-respect-flag.html

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Yes same sport – same pay

The notoriety of women’s football has grown in recent years massively, and as it has so has the call for gender equality in the sport. Women’s teams have complained they are required to play more games in worse conditions compared to men playing the same sport professionally, despite being paid less many female athletes are using their position and increasingly their social media presence to question this. Norway’s football association has become the first to create an equal pay deal for female footballers, putting an initial investment into the sport help raise its profile and encourage equal treatment of women’s sport, from fans, broadcasters and sponsors alike. The profile of women’s football is growing and Norway is showing the world that equality in women’s football can be seen as an investment in women’s football and an investment in the sportswomen playing it, helping the sport as its profile grows further.

theguardian.com/football/blog/2017/oct/17/norway-historic-pay-deal-for-womens-team-shows-it-can-be-done

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