On July 5, the American Womenâ€™s Soccer team blew fans away by defeating Japan in a 5-2 win, leading them to become the first team to win the Womenâ€™s World Cup three times. Â Carli Lloyd secured a hatrick by the 16th minute of the game, astounding viewers.
The United Stateâ€™s last win was in 1999 before a record turnout of nearly 100,000 people. Â The 2015 tournament shattered attendance records, and the fans that turned out were certainly not disappointed. Â The United States team received $2 million from FIFA for their win.
When the German menâ€™s soccer team won the World Cup in Brazil last year, FIFA gave them $35 million.
FIFA Secretary General Valcke blames the payment discrepancies on the new nature of the WWC. Â Last year was the 20th menâ€™s World Cup, and it was only the 7th womenâ€™s. Â Does this mean that women should have to wait another 13 world cups to be paid what men received last year?
Womenâ€™s soccer is rapidly growing all over the world, and it is especially popular in the United States. Â The Craig Club Girls Soccer League, which consisted of four teams, was the first organized womenâ€™s soccer league in the US. Â Since then, America has become known as a force to be reckoned with in womenâ€™s soccer. Â Young girls are encouraged to join soccer teamsâ€”at my high school in New Jersey, for example, soccer is the most popular sport among girls, with over 90 students trying out last year.
Womenâ€™s soccer is no less interesting to watch than menâ€™sâ€”the 1999 WWC finals ended in a penalty shootout, and American player Chastainâ€™s last shot determined the outcome of the game. Â The women train hard, and they deliver. Â Unfortunately, they only earn a fraction of what men earn.
Nevertheless, there are many American female soccer stars that are starting to earn salaries that are getting slightly closer to those of men. Â American striker Alex Morgan has many sponsors, including Nike, Mueller Sports Medicine, AT&T, GNC, Bank of America, Panasonic, Coca-Cola, GE, and Stop & Shop. Â Many companies are embracing the entry and advancement of women in the world of sports, and many female athletes are becoming household names. Â Hope Solo, Carli Lloyd, and Julie Johnston, for example, are quickly growing in fame, and with their popularity grows the popularity of womenâ€™s soccer.
Womenâ€™s sports have not nearly received as much attention as menâ€™s. Â But the viewership is growing, as is participation in the sport, and hopefully, equality in payment and recognition will grow as well.