Megan Rapinoe Wants FIFA to Invest in Women’s Teams

"Incremental change... is just not enough." U.S. Women's National Team Captain Megan Rapinoe wants FIFA to treat and pay their athletes equally — regardless of gender. ⚽👀

A Word with FIFA's Rapinoe

Megan Rapinoe is an American professional soccer midfielder/winger who plays for and captains Reign FC in the National Women's Soccer League. As a member of the United States women's national soccer team, she helped the U.S. win the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup, gold at the 2012 London Olympics, and finish runners-up at the 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup. Since 2018, she co-captains her national team alongside Carli Lloyd and Alex Morgan.

Rapinoe is an advocate for several LGBT organizations, including the Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network and Athlete Ally. In 2013, she was presented the board of directors Award by the Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian Center. She is sponsored by Nike, Samsung and DJO Global, and has appeared in multiple profile-raising pieces for clothing company Wildfang, as well as for Nike. She previously played for the Chicago Red Stars, Philadelphia Independence and magicJack in Women's Professional Soccer as well as Olympique Lyonnais in France's Féminine Division 1.

Megan Rapinoe, Captain of the U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team is no stranger to advocating for better conditions and equality in women’s soccer. In the 2018 men’s World Cup, teams eliminated in the first round collected 8$ million reward. At the 2015 women’s World Cup, those teams collected 2$ million according to Business Insider. Rapinoe thinks when more representation and acceptance of diversity is present at the highest level, change will come more strongly. Currently, the USWNT is suing U.S. Soccer for gender discrimination on the basis of pay disparity.


06/05/2019 10:22 AM
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  • Alpha C.
    06/05/2019 10:25

    You get paid what you earn. You don't see players playing in second division, complain about unequal pay by comparing themselves to players playing in the first division.

  • વાદળી આ.
    06/05/2019 10:28

    Its football because you kick the ball with your foot. Get it? Foot-ball ...

  • Nevin S.
    06/05/2019 11:17

    no crowds = no income- basic logic, not even you rancid leftards could argue with that

  • Salvador Z.
    06/05/2019 11:33

    Is not about gender , it is about business. Can't compare male soccer profitability with females , simple.

  • Michael H.
    06/05/2019 12:05

    Whatever... biological women will soon be obsolete in sports anyway as trans men-women will soon dominate all formerly women’s sports.

  • Bernarka H.
    06/05/2019 12:43

    Business dear it’s called Business.

  • Steve P.
    06/05/2019 12:52

    Well ... Get some new male players that think their Women ... problem solved!

  • Annunziata C.
    06/05/2019 12:55

    ha ragione : é la donna che deve profilare se stessa in questo campo

  • Brut
    06/05/2019 13:21

    Abby Wambach delivered this inspiring commencement address encouraging women to demand what they deserve. 🙌6

  • Michael H.
    06/05/2019 13:28

    Women get a higher percentage of the revenue than the man players do… It’s just that gross revenue is so much less in the women’s game… So where is the unfairness?

  • Derek E.
    06/05/2019 13:59

    Another moron who understands nothing about economics. You get paid based on how much you bring in, not based off how other leagues are paid.

  • Daniel D.
    06/05/2019 14:13

    When female soccer brings the same people to the stadiums that go to male matches, they can talk about equality, otherwise you will pay less

  • Syed A.
    06/05/2019 15:11

    First generate more revenue, give more praiseworthy and consistent performances at national level, play physical sport at the same level as men and then we'll talk about equal pay.

  • James D.
    06/05/2019 15:19

    1. Not many people watch your games compared to the mens game. 2. Your not as good as men at the sport

  • John M.
    06/05/2019 18:12

    Well get the views men sports do. You will, it’s that simple

  • Matthew N.
    06/05/2019 19:36

    Sure. Get more viewers.... it's that simple. But you can't. That's why you getting paid less.

  • Dave T.
    06/05/2019 21:22

    I suppose it’s a question of how much money each brings.

  • Luis S.
    06/05/2019 21:55

    I dont get why they think rhey should get paid the same when they don't bring in any wherr near any mens teams numbers...dont get me wrong i like watching the womens world cup every 4 years...

  • Jeff R.
    06/05/2019 23:53

    Gender should be removed from sports. If women can compete at a professional level, and we know they can, they should be able to compete with men. Otherwise I just dont think there will ever be the support there to support parallel leagues.

  • Juaniece H.
    06/06/2019 00:07

    Is that why you don’t place your hand over your heart during the national anthem? There’s better ways to protest that