ZURICH, SWITZERLAND - The women were celebrating after their big win over Japan Sunday, winning the World Cup and smashing soccer records. But one thing that isn't cause for celebration is the money.
The total payout for the Women`s World Cup was $15 million dollars. Compare that to the payout for the Men`s World Cup last year, which was a whopping $576 million. The unequal treatment doesn't stop there.
When Germany`s team won the Men's World Cup in 2014 they picked up a $35 million prize from FIFA. This year the women on Team USA walked away with just $2 million. That stings when you find out that the men's teams who lose in the first round are awarded at least $8 million.
And this isn't a case of supply and demand. Sunday`s final was seen by over 25 million viewers on FOX. That`s a record for any soccer game, men or women.
And there`s no guarantee the ladies will recoup this lopsided pay in endorsements either. No surprise, that money is a fraction of what the fellas make.
Would now be a good time to mention the U.S. Women's team has three World Cup titles and the men's team has zero? Looks like the next goal for FIFA needs to be getting the girls' an equal shot at the money.