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USWNT's Megan Rapinoe Speaks Out On Inequality In Global Soccer

Rapinoe took issue with FIFA staging the Women's WC final on the same day as the men's Copa America final
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USWNT MF Megan Rapinoe is "dismayed by what she sees as ongoing issues of inequality in soccer" ahead of the '19 FIFA Women's World Cup, according to Anne Peterson of the AP. From uncertainty about the "use of video review and the amount of prize money, to scheduling other tournament finals on the same day as the championship game, equity issues are getting more attention." Rapinoe said of FIFA, "They obviously do things for the women's game. But in the way that they truly care about the men's game, they don't truly care about the women's game." FIFA has been "criticized for scheduling the Women's World Cup final on the same day as the men's Copa America final and the CONCACAF Gold Cup final." FIFA Chief Women's Football Officer Sarai Bareman "responded to some of the criticism last week when the organization released its first-ever global strategy for women's soccer." FIFA seeks to "grow the women's game overall -- and one aim is to get more women involved in the decision-making processes at all levels." Bareman confirmed that World Cup prize money "would be increased but did not reveal a figure." SI reported last week that the "prize pool would be doubled," to $30M. Rapinoe wanted to know what metric was used in "determining the amount -- especially in light of the disparity with the men's." Rapinoe: "They're probably looking for pats on the back for the increase. They're not getting any from here. I mean, until they're really going to take meaningful steps to truly show that they're caring about the women's game in a sort of deeper way, I don't know. $15 million is nothing to them. ... If they wanted to just sort of arbitrarily do it, they could increase it by $100 million" (AP, 10/15).