In case you didn’t receive the memo, soccer is the hot sport with American girls these days.
Our friends over at the U.K.-based site Clubline Football attribute a lot of that growth to the U.S. women’s national team’s World Cup wins in 1991 and 1999. (Remember those? If you’re old enough to buy booze legally in the States, you probably saw at least one of them on TV—and it probably inspired you to buy a new pair of Umbro’s and a black sports bra and recreate your own Brandi Chastain moment in the backyard.) They also say that soccer is on the rise in England, thanks to the national team’s bronze medal at the 2015 World Cup.
Despite the incredible success of U.S. women’s soccer and the resulting shockwaves it has since sent through grade-school girls nationwide, the pay gap between male and female players, including salary, bonuses and FIFA World Cup prize money, is pathetically disturbing, as also evinced by this infographic. Also, have you ever heard of Fran Kirby? Well, you should know the name. Learn about her, the pay gap and more in the infographic below.
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