Bill that will threaten to withhold 2026 World Cup funding if USWNT do not receive equal pay

The U.S. ladies' national group has gotten some ground-breaking backing in the battle for equivalent pay.

Congressperson Joe Manchin on Tuesday acquainted a bill with the U.S. Senate that, whenever passed, would see the central government retain subsidizing for the 2026 World Cup until U.S. Soccer "consents to give impartial pay" to both the U.S. people's groups.

The bill requires the cutting of any financing that would be utilized to help the World Cup, including "have urban areas, partaking neighborhood and state associations, the U.S. Soccer Federation, Concacaf and FIFA." Manchin credits West Virginia University mentor Nikki Izzo-Brown with drawing the issue out into the open and is wanting to make a "level playing field for all."

“I received a letter from Coach Izzo-Brown highlighting her worries that women on the WVU Women’s Soccer Team could one day make the U.S. women’s team and not get paid the same as the men’s team," Senator Manchin said in a statement. "That’s just plain wrong. That’s why I’m introducing legislation that will require the U.S. Soccer Federation to pay the men’s and women’s national soccer teams equitably before any federal funds may be used for the 2026 World Cup.

"The clear unequitable pay between the U.S. men’s and women’s soccer teams is unacceptable and I’m glad the U.S. Women’s Soccer Team latest victory is causing public outcry. They are the best in the world and deserve to be paid accordingly. I’m encouraging everyone to call their Senator and Representatives to help us get this bill passed and finally create a level playing field for all."

The USWNT, which won its fourth World Cup crown on Sunday, has been fighting for equal pay for some time.  


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