- Dec 15, 2001
Something like this would normally bug me but considering the men make good pay at their respective clubs and the women don't have the same opportunities, I'm fine with it all. Why folks like women's soccer is beyond me. It's dreadfully boring to watch, imo.That may be true, it may also depend on where they are in their cycle. A women's world cup qualifying match probably out earns a men's friendly match.
The problem is that the women's world cup because it doesn't draw a large viewership outside of the United States earns pennies on the dollar to what the men's world cup earns. So when FIFA distributes the money from each World Cup to each national federation the money coming in to US soccer from the men's world cup is far far more than that from the women's world cup.
Previously US soccer gave each team an equal percentage of their respective world cup earnings. Hence the men got more money from that.
Now they are pooling both world cups just so they can inflate the women's earnings.
Oddly enough if they had done that in 2018 the men would have been taking pay away from the women and the women would have screamed about it. But now since the men have qualified for 2022 and because they are hosts for 2026 AND the world cup is expanding anyways and they are pretty much guaranteed easy qualification from now on, the men will be forever subsidizing the women's team.