Dem Senators Threaten to De-Fund World Cup if No Equal Pay for Women’s Soccer

Congress can pull funding from a host city, a participating state or local agency...

A group of Senate Democrats introduced a bill this week that threatens to pull funding for the 2026 World Cup if U.S. Soccer Federation doesn’t grant “equal pay” to its women’s national soccer team.

The bill, dubbed the Give Our Athletes Level Salaries (GOALS) Act, calls for the prohibiting “the use of funds for the 2026 World Cup unless the U.S. Soccer Federation provides equitable pay to the members of the U.S. Women’s National Team and the U.S. Men’s National Team.”

Sen. Joe Manchin, D-WV, introduced the bill alongside Sen. Maria Cantwell, D-Wa.

He noted that while federal funds are not directly allocated to U.S. soccer, Congress can pull funding from “a host city, a participating state or local agency,” which would inevitably affect the World Cup.

...article continued below
- Advertisement -

The U.S. Women’s soccer team players insisted that they have not been paid fairly since male players were paid more than them.

They even filed a lawsuit against the federation in 2019, alleging the organization was forcing them to work under inequitable working conditions.

The U.S. Soccer Federation dismissed the allegations, arguing that female players technically made less because they rejected a pay-to-play structure like the men’s agreement and also accepted greater base salaries and benefits.

A district court sided with the federation in a May ruling. 

...article continued below
- Advertisement -

“In sum, [US Soccer] has offered evidence in support of its Motion for Summary Judgment that the [women’s national team] has been paid more on both a cumulative and an average per-game basis than the [men’s national team] over the class period,” the judge wrote.

A few months later, though, the women’s team and the federation reached a settlement agreement that mandates charter flights, hotel accommodations, venue selection, and professional staff support be equal to that of the men’s national team.

The agreement also allows the female players to appeal the district court’s ruling.

- Advertisement -


Judge Dismisses BLM Lawsuit Over Trump Clearing Rioters from DC Park

(Headline USA) A federal judge has dismissed a majority of the claims filed by activists who accused the Trump administration of violating the civil...

Biden Bribes Parents w/ $500+ Monthly Payouts, Even if They Don’t Pay Taxes

(The Center Square, Casey Harper) A sweeping new federal program that will provide monthly payouts to parents kicks off next month, and the Biden...

Mistrial Halts Case on Minimum Wage for Immigrant Detainees

(Headline USA) A trial over whether the GEO Group must pay minimum wage---instead of $1 a day---to immigration detainees who perform tasks like cooking...

SCOTUS Rules NCAA Can’t Set Limits on Athlete Compensation

(Headline USA) The Supreme Court decided unanimously Monday that the NCAA can’t enforce rules limiting education-related benefits---like computers and paid internships---that colleges offer to...

Michigan Woman Killed After Firing on Police Officer at Juneteenth Parade

(Headline USA) A 19-year-old Michigan woman died after exchanging gunfire with a police officer who was controlling traffic near a weekend Juneteenth parade, authorities...

Pro-Freedom Icon Ammon Bundy Launches Campaign for Idaho Gov. Race

(Headline USA) Pro-freedom activist Ammon Bundy on Saturday came out with his first videos announcing his campaign to become governor of Idaho. “I’m running for...

Biden, Dems Face Long Summer Slog to Push Radical Leftist Agenda

(Headline USA) During the Trump administration, the act of governing seemed to happen at the speed of presidential tweets. But now President Joe Biden is...

Judge Hears Arguments in Ga. Absentee-Ballot Fraud Case

(Headline USA) A judge was set to hear arguments Monday over whether a lawsuit that alleges fraud during the November general election in Georgia’s...

Newsom Pledges to Pay Off Past-Due Rent, Extend Calif. Eviction Ban

(Headline USA) California Gov. Gavin Newsom may be counting on renters and landlords will turning up more than concerned taxpayers in the state's upcoming...
- Advertisement -