Faced with the debate in the United States over the apparent wage inequality between men and women in soccer, Carlos Cordeiro, president of the United States Soccer Federation, published a letter clarifying the figures on July 29.
According to the data, the federation paid $34.1 million in salaries and bonuses to women between 2010 and 2018, compared to $26.4 million paid to men, which is equivalent to payments higher by 28% for women players.
“My letter and fact sheet to our soccer community about the @USWNT lawsuit. We’re committed to doing right by our women players, and I’m optimistic we can get this done,” the executive posted on his Twitter account.
In March, the U.S.Women’s National Team (USWNT) filed a lawsuit against the soccer federation, claiming gender discrimination. At that time the women’s team negotiated and signed an agreement, separate from the men’s team.
Another of the elements of judgment is given by the income generated by each of the teams.
The men’s national team contributes $970,000 per game, while the women’s team remains at $425,000, with a difference of more than double in favor of the men.
A business opportunity
Cordeiro, for his part, takes advantage of the media turmoil generated to propose an alternative that represents a commercial opportunity national soccer team he directs.
“The more tickets to women’s matches we buy and the more games we watch on TV, the more revenue we can generate for the women’s game. That, we believe, is the best and most sustainable path to true and lasting equality,” according to Libre Mercado.
The controversy reached Congress and with consequences that could jeopardize the financing of the 2026 World Cup, thus, the debate on salary equity broadened.