The United States have been told they risk losing their status as the best team in women’s football if the “starvation wages” in their domestic league are not addressed.
USA won a fourth Women’s World Cup title in Lyon on Sunday, retaining the trophy with a 2-0 victory over Netherlands after knocking out European heavyweights France and England in the previous two rounds.
Megan Rapinoe, the tournament’s Golden Boot and Golden Ball winner, once again spoke about the disparity in prize money between the women’s and men’s finals afterwards, with USA’s players taking home $4million compared to the $38m France accrued for winning the men’s World Cup in Russia last year.
There is also a huge gap between the top domestic leagues in America, where the minimum and maximum salaries for this NWSL season are $16,538 and $46,200 respectively, compared to the minimum in MLS of $56,250 and the maximum, which will be paid to LA Galaxy star Zlatan Ibrahimovic, of $7.2m.
Each of the 23 players in Jill Ellis’ World Cup-winning squad ply their trade in NWSL – though their salaries are subsidised by the United States Soccer Federation (USSF) and include payments for their international feats – [More]