November 28, 2023
Ladies’s soccer gamers ask FIFA for equal World Cup prize cash to males’s match

The worldwide skilled soccer gamers’ union says it despatched a letter signed by 150 girls’s nationwide crew gamers to FIFA calling for equal World Cup prize cash.

FIFPro confirmed that the letter, which additionally asks for equal remedy and circumstances for ladies’s groups enjoying in soccer’s most prestigious match, was despatched to the game’s worldwide governing physique in October — a month earlier than the beginning of the lads’s World Cup in Qatar.

The Ladies’s World Cup is about for this summer season in Australia and New Zealand.

“We will affirm a letter signed by 150 gamers from nationwide groups on each continent was despatched to FIFA in October. These gamers are searching for equitable circumstances earlier than the 2023 FIFA Ladies’s World Cup. FIFPRO is at present negotiating with FIFA on behalf of those gamers,” FIFPro stated in an announcement to The Related Press. The Wall Avenue Journal was first to report the existence of the letter.

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Members of Parliament had been ‘gobsmacked’ on the testimony from the nationwide girls’s soccer crew detailing the shortage of funding, transparency and equality that they obtain in comparison with the lads’s groups, says a former girls’s crew participant.

FIFPro didn’t share a duplicate of the letter and stated it couldn’t remark additional, as negotiations are ongoing. The names of the gamers who signed the letter additionally weren’t made accessible.

FIFA didn’t instantly reply to a request for remark Wednesday.

The transfer comes as there are rising requires FIFA to make the prize cash for the 2 tournaments extra equitable.

Argentina earned $42 million US for profitable the lads’s World Cup in Qatar, out of a prize pool of $440 million. In distinction, the U.S. girls’s nationwide crew gained $4 million out of a prize pool of $30 million for the 2019 Ladies’s World Cup in France. The prize pool for the ladies’s match this summer season has not been set.

Below their historic collective bargaining agreements reached final yr, the U.S. males’s and girls’s nationwide groups will equally share the prize cash gained on the World Cup after U.S. Soccer takes a proportion off the highest.

U.S. Soccer is at present the one federation that evenly distributes World Cup prize cash. The Canadian girls’s nationwide crew has referred to as for the same provision in ongoing negotiations for a brand new labour settlement with Canada Soccer.

The Ladies’s World Cup, which begins on July 20, has an expanded area of 32 groups, up from 24 in France. The 2019 match drew a worldwide broadcast viewers of greater than 1 billion viewers.