Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives introduced a bill to block federal funding for the 2026 Men’s World Cup until the U.S. Women’s National Team is paid equally, according to CNBC.
On Tuesday, Doris Matsui of California and Rosa DeLauro of Connecticut introduced a bill they call the GOALS Act for the women’s soccer team to get “fair and equitable wages compared to the men’s team.”
The 2026 World Cup will be jointly hosted by Canada, Mexico, and the United States.
The bill would withhold funds for the host cities of the 2026 Men’s World Cup, participating local and state organizations, the USSF (United States Soccer Federation), the Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF), and FIFA. The project also proposes to withhold visas for FIFA officials.
Currently, the bill has the support of 61 members of the House. In order to be approved, it must have the support of 157 more members in order to reach the necessary majority.
The announcement of the bill comes after Democrats’ support for the protests of team captain Megan Rapinoe against President Donald Trump and her refusal to visit—as she called it—”the f*cking White House.”
Many conservatives comment on social networks that “sports are becoming politicized” because it is not the first time that athletes have not shown patriotism, even when the national anthem is sung, and many do not hide their preference for the Democratic Party, which has moved more to the left.
Under this new bill, the playing of the World Cup would be threatened because of the interest to show support of equal pay for women.
In March, the US Women’s National Team filed a lawsuit against the Soccer Federation, claiming gender discrimination. At that time the women negotiated and signed an agreement separate from the men’s team.
The forms of payment to both teams are different, but there is not necessarily a “gender problem” here.
Male players only get bonuses, which is risky, but this means that their scenario—at best—far exceeds that of their female counterparts. Women earn a stable salary with benefits, which prioritizes safety over a lucrative payday. In their lawsuit, the players said they generated more money for the federation between 2016 and 2018, but did not mention that they played 14 more home games during that period, Neon nettle reported.
Meanwhile, the USSF argued that “market realities are such that women do not deserve to be paid equally to the men,” according to the lawsuit filed in March.
In this sense, it can be argued that someone could claim that female models are paid more than male models. But don’t women represent beauty standards more than men? Do they have more market demand and do advertisements pay them more?