US Soccer CEO promises better pay for women's team

US Women's Soccer Team Gets a Parade of Champions in New York City
US Women's Soccer Team Gets a Parade of Champions in New York City


Last week, the U.S. Women's National Team were celebrated by a parade in the streets of New York -- as they should have been.

While their World Cup win was a glorious one, it quickly circulated that there is a huge pay gap between the U.S. men's and women's soccer teams. Thankfully, on Wednesday, there was a Senate committee hearing that focused on FIFA -- the international governing body of soccer -- corruption.

Much of the hearing focused on men's soccer, but the pay gap was addressed.

The U.S. Women's National Team received $2 million for winning the World Cup, while Germany's men's soccer team earned $35 million for winning the World Cup last year. Last year, the U.S. men's soccer team earned about four times as much as the winning women's soccer team did this year -- and the men only reached the Round of 16.

People quickly reacted when they found out about this pay gap, creating online campaigns that call for more equal pay.

When the pay gap was addressed on Wednesday before a Senate Commerce subcommittee, the U.S. Soccer CEO Dan Flynn made some big promises. He mentioned that FIFA wants to focus on giving women soccer players more opportunities and better compensation.

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