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Female Soccer Players Don't Seem To Understand Math

Jeff Katz
July 09, 2019 - 2:24 pm

It wasn't long after the U.S. Women's National Soccer Team won it's second consecutive World Cup title that the "equal pay" chants rained down and the gender pay gap lobbyists came back out of the woodwork.

Sure, the women's team has had far more success than the men's team, but one of the main holes in this entire argument is the fact that the men's World Cup pulls in nearly 40 times the revenue as the Women's World Cup.

Forbes magazine pointed out that while the women do earn less money than the men, it is due to percentages, not gender. Each were paid proportionately to the revenue generated by the tournaments they participated in. 

For example, Forbes reported that, "the men's World Cup in Russia (2018) generated over $6 billion in revenue, with the participating teams sharing $400 million… Meanwhile, the Women's World Cup is expected to earn $131 million for the full four-year cycle 2019-22 and dole out $30 million to the participating teams."

Like or not, in sports, pay is conducive to how much revenue is generated by the player for that sport. And in soccer, regardless of success or talent level, the U.S. women's team simply does not bring in as much money.