While most other sports see the Olympic games as the grandest stage, soccer holds its World Cup to a much higher standard. And this is no fluke.
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Soccer Federation wants to win another, it has to stop underpaying its banner team. The USWNT is set to enter mediation with the federation when they return from France, after bringing a gender-discrimination lawsuit in March.
Europe as a whole showed up strongly in this tournament: Other than the U. By contrast, Concacaf, the soccer governing body that covers North and Central America and the Caribbean, including the U.
Until the s women were banned from playing soccer by the Dutch federation England and Brazil had similar laws in place for years. They existed in a smallish building on the back corner of the acres and acres of perfectly groomed soccer pitches—but the women were still part of the club.
They practiced on those same fields, had access to the same trainers and team doctors. Their coaching staff was on the Chelsea payroll.
Those federations, those leagues, those nations that are making the effort are already seeing the payoff: successful, profitable teams. In France, Olympique Lyonnais has won six of the past nine Champions League Finals, and brought more than 19, spectators per match to each home game last season.
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Soccer Federation wants another win from the women in the future, it will need to pay up, or soon be left behind. We want to hear what you think about this article. Submit a letter to the editor or write to letters theatlantic.
Maggie Mertens is a writer and the managing editor of Bitterroot magazine.