Cardin, Van Hollen Back Bill to Require Equal Pay for U.S. Soccer Teams

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WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen (both D-Md.) and nearly a dozen of their colleagues introduced the Give Our Athletes Level Salaries (GOALS) Act, which would require the U.S. Soccer Federation to agree to providing equitable pay to both the women’s and men’s national teams in order to receive federal funds related to the 2026 World Cup.

“The U.S. Women’s Soccer team are reigning champions on the field, but also champions in leading the national conversation on equal pay,” said Senator Cardin. “I am proud to support the GOALS Act to close the inexcusable pay gap between female and male athletes, bolstering our collective efforts on gender equity and equality.”

“Our athletes deserve to be treated with respect and dignity, and they also deserve to be appropriately compensated for their achievements — no matter their gender,” said Senator Van Hollen. “We must heed the call of our national team players to end gender pay inequities once and for all, which is why I support this bill and will continue working in Congress to close the gender pay gap.”

While federal funds are not directly appropriated toward U.S. Soccer, there are a variety of ways that federal funding will likely be used by U.S. Soccer and its affiliates, including FIFA and CONCACAF, during the next World Cup in 2026, which will be hosted in part by in the United States. This would include any and all funds provided to host cities; participating local and state organizations; the U.S. Soccer Federation, Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF), and Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA).

Senators Cardin and Van Hollen introduced the legislation with Senators Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.), Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.) Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), Ed Markey (D-Mass.), Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.), and Mark Warner (D-Va.).

Background information on the GOALS Act can be found here.

Bill text can be found here.


Bird Dog

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Next they will be trying too tell SOMD what to pay its staffers and what Gilligan should pay SGI


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When advertising, promotional items, television and other revenues equal that of the men's league then they should righfully get paid the same. They need to step up their self-promotion. Maybe wearing bikinis like sand volleybll players?


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This was already settled in a federal lawsuit that found that the women were paid MORE than the men. This isn't just ridiculous pandering, it's uninformed ridiculous pandering.

The ruling cited as undisputed fact that from 2015 to 2019, the women's national team averaged $220,747 per game in total payments (for a total of $24.5 million), while the men's national team averaged $212,639 per game in total payments (for a total of $18.5 million).


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Why not just set out tip jars for each player at the games? Then the spectators who really care about the game and what the players earn can help even things out.