What They're Saying: Megan Rapinoe

"It's a matter of them either feeling like the pressure is too much -- I don't anticipate this -- but a sudden change of heart and mind. We'll see. But I think all the players and [U.S. Soccer president] Cindy [Parlow Cone] and everyone else at the federation are looking forward to working together to pressure FIFA, encourage FIFA, prod FIFA into doing the right thing. And at this point, we're not wondering if the women's game can make money. We're not wondering if there's star power or we're not questioning the quality on the field. We're not wondering,  my God, what would happen if you put a Women's Champions League game at Nou Camp [more than 80,000 tickets were sold in three days for the Barcelona-Real Madrid game in March]. We know that, and the 2019 [Women's World Cup] proved that, and leagues all over the world are proving that and the NWSL is proving that. So I think at this point it's just willful discrimination and willful negligence, in my opinion extremely bad business practice, because the business of women's football is exploding every single day."

-- Megan Rapinoe on what it will take to close the pay gap in prize money FIFA offers to federations participating in World Cups. The gap has been something other federations have been unable to close. (Some have offered equal shares of prize money in percentage terms.) U.S. Soccer has committed to equalizing pay for both national teams in all friendlies and tournaments, including World Cups.
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