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"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's latest victory is causing public outcry", Manchin said in a statement.

U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin introduced a bill Tuesday that would prevent federal funding from being used for the 2026 World Cup until the U.S. Soccer Federation agrees to play the American men's and women's teams equally. After beating the Netherlands 2-0 in Sunday's final, they hoisted the trophy for the second consecutive tournament.

How? Well, with the 2026 World Cup coming to the United States as part of a joint bid with Canada and Mexico, Manchin's bill would seek to cut off any federal funding that would go towards the event. "While @USWNT continues to dominate on the world stage & generate tremendous revenue for @ussoccer, the women make only a fraction of what the men's national team is paid".

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She's also involved in legal action against the federation for gender discrimination, claiming the governing body not only pays them less but invests less in travel, medical care and practices facilities with female players often forced to practice on artificial turf, resulting in more injuries. "So I think in a lot of ways, this team has been, I guess you could call it, single destiny with this fight for equal pay". Forbes estimates that the 2018 men's World Cup in Russian Federation brought in $6 billion in revenue compared to an expected total of $131 million for this year's tournament in France.

The total prize money for the 2022 men's World Cup will be $440 million, while the 2019 women's World Cup doled out $30 million in prize money, including $4 million to the winning team. That process was set to unfold after the World Cup ended, with both sides said to be interested in arriving at a resolution without facing off in a courtroom. But no one, he said, has put it into better words than USA player Megan Rapinoe, one of the (controversial) stars of this year's tournament. "It was like, this World Cup win is so much more than what was on the field".

Of hearing the "Equal pay!" chants coming from the stands in Lyon, she said: "I think we knew that this win, if we were able to win, was going to be bigger than soccer, but that moment just solidified everything".

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