Gender Inequality in Soccer

Futbol, also known as soccer, is played around the globe and dates back 2000 years. The roots of soccer began in England in 1863. In more recent years, women’s soccer teams have become as popular as men’s teams, even though they are paid less and treated poorly. Which is exactly why the women’s Argentina soccer team decided to do something about it. In the New York Times article titled, “The Best Women’s Soccer Team in the World Fights for Equal Pay,”  female soccer star and FIFA Women’s World Cup champion Abby Wambach says, “Kobe and Peyton walked away from their careers with something I didn’t have: enormous bank accounts.”

Although this may or may not apply to every single women’s team, it has certainly affected the US and the Argentina women’s teams. In fact, during the FIFA tournament the winning men’s team Germany earned roughly 17 times more than the US women’s team, the US had also won their division’s FIFA World Cup. The reasons behind this mainly revolve around the idea that is commonly shared by both men and the soccer generals; that women are less than men. Men often think that if women are worse they don’t deserve to be treated fairly, let alone recieve equal pay.

The entirety of this controversial topic first began when the National Women’s Soccer League was founded during the year of 2012. The majority of women’s teams around the world are affected by this issue, not just the US team. Argentina is another women’s soccer team that has been featured in an article about the gender inequalities in women’s soccer. The article helps men in Argentina spread their motto, “It’s time to root for them.”

Even if people aren’t interested in watching sports, they should still care about the economy of it and should notice the substantial pay gap separating the women and men of soccer. In this day and age women are still considered to be less than men despite working just as hard and even performing with better results. However, there is still a common misconception that women recieve equal pay and equal treatment when in reality, this just isn’t the case.