Megan Rapinoe is famous as the two-time winner of the World Cup. She has got at the forefront of the fight for the national team of US women regarding gender pay equity. Still, according to the fiery forward, she expected higher investment in the domestic league as well as better pay for the club players.

The Soccer League of National Women, earlier this month, introduced new compensation guidelines for next year, inclusive of a nearly 20% rise in the overall pay cap and allocation money that lets teams invest in several players above the max pay.

Yet, the funds cannot be employed to pay players that are the Canadian and US national teams’ members, a move which the standout for the Reign FC of NWSL – Rapinoe, criticized.
“We should sit down to have more conversations regarding what it looks like,” the Californian said when asked regarding the allocated provisions of the fund. “It will be a significant step before the NWSL is going in 2020.”

The NWSL cannot respond immediately to a request for comment.

Plus, the trial date is set for May for the gender discrimination lawsuit of the US women’s national team against the governing body. You see, the squad is facing the possibility of the training schedule for the Summer Olympics clouded by issues related to laws.

Rapinoe has emerged as the sports figure after the USA’s World Cup win in France this year.

Other than her outspoken criticism of Donald Trump – the US president, she also serves as a Budweiser advertising campaign’s face.
Attendances in the league rose to over 7,000 per game this year, Rapinoe said she gets frustrated by the progress.

“There need more resources put into the NWSL’s front office,” added Rapinoe. She shared she liked to compete in the World Cup in 2023.

Tension is evident on the faces of many Cameroon players. They left the dressing room during the mid-game break very early, and walked onto the pitch with a tense expression. At the beginning of the second half, Cameroon’s Ajara Nchout was intervened by VAR, stripping a goal. This player burst into tears on the pitch, interrupting the match.

After England set the score 3-0, Cameroon played rough. Referee Qin missed the obvious penalty when Fran Kirby was fouled by Ysis Sonkeng in Cameroon’s penalty area. After that, the African team had two red cards left when Parris was beaten and Houghton was stepped on his foot, even though the referee team had VAR technology. Earlier, at the beginning of the match, Cameroon’s Augustine Ejangue also caused a disturbance when spitting on Toni Duggan’s hand.

Qin Luong’s way of playing the game made both England and Cameroon criticized. “They don’t want any African team to win,” said coach Alan Djeumfa. England coach Phil Neville was also upset: “I was ashamed for 90 minutes, sitting there and constantly witnessing the worst actions ever seen on the pitch.”

Male referees are not allowed to participate in women’s events, but female referees still participate in men’s tournaments. At the Women’s World Cup 2019, there are three female referees working in the men’s soccer tournament, including Bibiana Steinhaus (Germany), Stephanie Frappart (France) and Claudia Umpierrez (Uruguay).

Referees for women in World Cups

Bibiana Steinhaus, Esther Staubli or Teodora Albon are all well-known female referees in women’s football tournaments such as the World Cup or Champions League.

1. Ms. Bibiana Steinhaus (born March 24, 1979) is the first German female referee in Germany’s professional football system. In the domestic league, Ms. Steinhaus used to hold the weight of the Bundesliga matches (for women). She also served as an arbitrator in several other international competitions such as the 2008 FIFA World Cup U20, UEFA Euro 2009.

The Olympic champion of 800m running, Caster Semenya, joined the JVW club in his home town of South Africa.

Semenya was unable to defend the title of world champion in Doha in late September, because it did not accept the use of male hormones (testosterone) as requested by the World Athletics Federation (IAAF). The 28-year-old athlete, therefore, sought a football club to train to maintain fitness.

The transfer market in South Africa is closed, so Semenya can only train with JVW teammates and not play. “I am very excited about this new journey,” owner of 2012 and 2016 Olympic gold medals said. “The team support and love me a lot.”

JVW was founded in 2013, by the current South African women’s soccer captain – Janine van Wyk. The women’s football tournament in South Africa is divided into nine smaller provincial competitions, and JVW is one of the strongest teams in Gauteng province.

“Semenya is free at the moment, which is why she can do something different,” van Wyk told the BBC. “She had two training sessions with the team. Semenya has a lot of football potential, but we still need to help her improve more. Semenya told me that she will not stop running. Her appearance is great for the team and the tournament “.

Earlier this year, the IAAF prescribed limits of testosterone (male hormone) in female athletes. This greatly influenced Caster Semenya’s career. Olympic champions are forced to take testosterone-lowering drugs if they want to compete on the women’s track, due to the masculine hormone in her body. But Semenya insisted she would not take the medication, and appealed to the end. The Swiss High Court on July 30 refused to suspend Semenya’s decision to take testosterone-lowering drugs.

Semenya was not the first professional athlete to play soccer. Another Olympic athlete, Usain Bolt, trained with Stromsgodset (Norway) and Central Coast Mariners (Australia) but was not signed.

Alex Morgan may also be pleased when in his hometown, the match between the USA and French hosts has an audience of 6.3 million viewers. This is the most watched match on US TV, since the 2018 World Cup Final between France and Croatia. In other countries like France, Brazil, the Netherlands … the audience watching the matches in this tournament is also very high.

It’s clear that the Women’s World Cup 2019 has brought a positive effect to women’s football. In that context, sports pen Charles Olney also pointed out that women’s football is growing and invested more in Europe, especially in countries where in the past was a force in the subject. This sport like Italy, Germany or Nordic countries, etc. Charles Olney also said that the level of women’s teams attending the 2019 World Cup has also been enhanced and the gap between the teams has also been shortened.

In addition to playing on the pitch to win glory for the country, Alex Morgan and other female players are also participating in another battle, which is the fight for equality. On March 28 this year, ie three months before competing in France, 28 members of the US women’s team sued the Football Association for being discriminated against.

The girls of the US team believe that this discrimination is reflected in the salary, medical treatment support and other conditions they receive are much lower than those of men. “We see ourselves as pioneers in women’s football and we want to continue to push those boundaries,” Alex Morgan told DW. Now she and her teammates are only 1 match away from the Final

At this time, people are anxiously waiting for the next developments of the remaining matches in the Women’s World Cup 2019 after witnessing the drama as well as the different emotions that the previous competitions brought.

Women’s football is increasingly attracting the attention of sponsors and broadcasters.

At this year’s World Women’s Football Championship hosted by France, taking place from July 7.6 to 727019, the numbers broke all records so far. Accordingly, FIFA estimates it has attracted a total of 1 billion viewers, up from 750 million in the season 4 years ago in Canada. The semi-final of the British team became the most-watched television show of the year in the UK.

About 14 million Americans watching their women’s football team beat the Dutch women’s team 2-0 in the 2019 Women’s World Cup final on August 7, 2002 to win the 4th cup of the championship. instead of changing channels to watch baseball and basketball finals.

The sponsors saw the audience’s interest in women’s football and they were quick to act. Visa, a card payment company that likes to fund major sporting events, has spent a considerable amount of money on advertising in women’s football tournaments. Earlier this year, British bank Barclays became WSL‘s first-ever title sponsor, the highest football league of women’s football in the UK, in a deal worth more than £ 10 million (similar. USD 12.6 million).

On February 5, 2015, Alipay, China’s electronic payment company, announced a 10-year charity program worth 1 billion yuan ($ 145 million) to support and promote the development of the Chinese women’s soccer team.

Women’s football is attracting brands that have always avoided this sport because of the way sponsorship packages for women’s football teams are “bundled” with the men’s football sponsorship package. Avon, an American cosmetics business, became the first to sponsor a professional women’s football club, signing an exclusive deal with the Liverpool Women’s Football Club in 2017.

In April last year, Boots, the British pharmaceutical chain, signed a partnership with the national teams of England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland as well as the Republic of Ireland.

football for women

FIFA aims to increase the number of female players in the world to 60 million by 2026, which is double the current number, national tournaments and women’s football clubs will also be professionalized.

World Football Federation (FIFA) on October 10 announced the global women’s football development strategy.

According to the above development strategy, FIFA aims to increase the number of female players in the world to 60 million by 2026 – double the current number, while national tournaments as well as clubs Women’s football sets will be professionalized across the globe.

FIFA’s head of women’s football, Ms. Sarai Bareman, said: “The three most important issues we need to pay attention to are to encourage participation in women’s football, strengthen the economic treatment and construction of training facilities for women’s football.”

She emphasized the goal of including “discovering and fostering the development of coaches, referees, management and others who do other women’s football work, to create a strong system. , towards sustainable achievements. “

FIFA officials also said that increasing the income of women footballers is an important part of this strategy.

In addition, FIFA also began implementing a program to encourage women’s empowerment through football, in which the FIFA Commission is expected to have one third of the female members by 2022.

Currently FIFA is having the first female General Secretary, Ms. Fatma Samoura, who runs with FIFA President Gianni Infantino.

FIFA ensures gender equality with 2 new titles honoring female players

FIFA will present the title of the best female goalkeeper and the best female team title of the year in the Awards Ceremony held annually to honor the best footballers. This move is to ensure that both male and female players will now be selected to award prizes in the same categories. This year’s tournament will be held in Milan (Italy) on September 23.