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Megan Rapinoe Calls on FIFA, U.S. Soccer for Equal Pay After USWNT World Cup Win

Christopher Simpson@@CJSimpsonBRFeatured ColumnistJuly 8, 2019

LYON, FRANCE - JULY 07: FIFA President Gianni Infantino reacts as he speaks to Megan Rapinoe of USA during the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup France Final match between The United States of America and The Netherlands at Stade de Lyon on July 7, 2019 in Lyon, France. (Photo by Marc Atkins/Getty Images)
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Megan Rapinoe called on FIFA President Gianni Infantino and U.S. Soccer president Carlos Cordeiro to address the imbalance in pay between men and women in football after helping the USWNT win their fourth FIFA Women's World Cup on Sunday. 

Rapinoe spoke after she scored in the USA's 2-0 win over Netherlands in Lyon to become repeat world champions.

Per ESPN's Graham Hays, she said:

"Everyone is kind of asking what's next and what we want to come of all of this. It's to stop having the conversation about equal pay and are we worth it and should we and the investment piece. What are we going to do about it? Gianni, what are we going to do about it? Carlos, what are we going to do about it?

"It's time to sit down with everyone and really get to work. This game has done so much for all of us. We've put so much into it. I think it's a testament to the quality on the field, and I don't think everything else is matching that. So how do we get everything to match up and continue to push this forward. Because I think at this point the argument we have been having is null and void."

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Rapinoe is one of 28 USWNT players who filed a gender discrimination lawsuit against U.S. Soccer prior to the tournament, and their representatives will take part in mediation with the federation now that the World Cup has concluded.

Following Sunday's game, the crowd at the Stade de Lyon made their feelings known to Infantino on the matter, per Equalizer Soccer's Jeff Kassouf:

Jeff Kassouf @JeffKassouf

Gianni Infantino getting booed as he walks out on stage -- much as FIFA's staff were booed in 2015 -- and a very clear "EQUAL PAY" chant breaks out among this sellout crowd of 57,900, most of whom have stuck around. #FIFAWWC

Per Joshua Robinson of the Wall Street Journal, Rapinoe welcomed the crowd's reaction:

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Rapinoe on the "Equal Pay!" chants and the booing of Infantino: "A little public shame never hurt anybody."

For this year's World Cup, FIFA awarded $30 million in prize money, compared with the $400 million purse at the men's World Cup in 2018.

Infantino has said he intends to increase the women's prize money by a further $30 million for the 2023 edition, but the prize money for the 2022 men's World Cup is expected to rise by $40 million.

As for U.S. Soccer, as Sports Illustrated's Grant Wahl relayed, the United States men's national team are earning more despite generating less revenue than their female counterparts over a three-year period:

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The secondary ticket market for #USA-#FRA is exploding. Women's World Cup TV audiences around the world are setting unexpected records. USWNT revenues exceeded USMNT's for 3 years. The message is clear for FIFA and national federations: Pay. The. Women. https://t.co/MrpQ6h1pWE

The USWNT have enjoyed much more historic success than the USMNT, too.

The latter, who lost 1-0 to Mexico on Sunday in the CONCACAF Gold Cup final, have won that tournament on six occasions.

The former have won the CONCACAF Women's Championship eight times, on top of four World Cups and four Olympic gold medals, among many other honours.

They set a record at this year's tournament, too:

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2️⃣6️⃣ No team has scored more goals at the #FIFAWWC than the #USA this year 😤 https://t.co/Gr2uQoVtLN

Per Hays, shortly after they sealed their win over the Dutch on Sunday, the U.S. women's players association issued a statement urging U.S. Soccer to end the pay "disparity once and for all," offering a reminder that the women's team draws in larger revenues and TV viewership than the men's team.

"At this moment of tremendous pride for America," the statement read, "the sad equation remains all too clear, and Americans won't stand for it anymore."

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