The FIFA Women World Cup is currently ongoing in Canada and runs from 6th June to 5th July but very few hardly notice it due to low coverage of the FIFA organized event. Click HERE to view the schedule!
According to Vogue Magazine, one of the top female soccer player who is also at the top world ranking among women football players, Abby Wambach earns only $190,000 per annum, slightly more than what the men’s soccer second ranking player, Lionel Messi earns in a day.
Even Abby is lucky enough to be able to earn a living as a professional football player while many other women players could hardly support themselves by playing soccer and most have ventured into this male dominated arena entirely from their earnings outside the pitch. Theirs is just a game of passion instead of earning anything serious to support themselves by playing on the pitch.
At the top of the American female football league players, earning range from $6,000 to $30,000 per year, a drop in the gulf compared to their male counterparts who can earn this within just one day. Vogue attributed this enormously wide disparity in earnings to broadcasting rights and sponsorship deals that are almost absent from women football.
The magazine cited an example from the English Premier League which is the world’s richest where it recently signed a 3 years deal with Sky Sport and BT Sport for broadcasting rights at a whooping $7.9 billion where the windfall will be distributed among the men’s football players. Sadly, there are no such privileges for the women football players where many have to eke out a living to pursue a game they love but reward so little.
While the men’s soccer game is full of feigning and foul moves, the women footballers took credit for no cheating and they just play the game as it is, while following all the rules on the pitch. Of course the FIFA Women World Cup is free from the corruption scandal that is also racking the world governing body in awarding the men’s World cup venue.
Vogue said that the only controversies involving Woman World Cup is the sexist and often misogynist comment by FIFA President Sepp Blatter who have make many remarks equating women footballers as inferiors.