U.S. women's national team goalie Hope Solo endorsed equal pay for female athletes on Tuesday, tweeting a photo of a fan holding a sign that read “Equal Pay for [Female] Athletes” and adding “Could not agree more!”
The sign was seen at Tuesday's World Cup victory rally in Los Angeles, just two days after the U.S. defeated Japan 5–2 to win its record third World Cup.
The broadcast of the Women's World Cup final averaged 25.4 million viewers in the United States, shattering the record for most-viewed soccer game ever in the country–men’s or women’s. The U.S. will take home $2 million for winning the tournament, compared to the $35 million Germany received for winning the men's World Cup in 2014 or the $1.5 million any team who participated in that 2014 tournament received.
The 2011 Women's World Cup brought in $5.8 million in advertising revenue, compared to the $1.4 billion the men's World Cup in 2014 brought in, according to The New York Times.
According to the Times, the National Women's Soccer League, which almost all of the USWNT players play in, pays players as little as $6,000 per 20-week season.
- Molly Geary