U.S. soccer team advocates women’s sports

The United States Women’s National Soccer team is showing girls everywhere that they can succeed

JACLYN SEIFERT, Evergreen reporter

Players for the United States Women’s National Soccer team will head to France as they fight to bring home the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup trophy. Young girls all around the world will be watching and looking up to their heroes.

“I just want girls to feel like they can believe in themselves and like they have a path to success,” forward Alex Morgan said on “Good Morning America.” “Whether they want to become a professional soccer player or not, I think that they can draw inspiration from us this summer on that.”

As the World Cup draws near, the 23 women look to defend their 2015 title. However, the past three years off the field have been compelling to watch from the sidelines.

On the 110th anniversary of International Women’s Day, 28 members of the U.S. women’s soccer team filed a lawsuit against the United States Soccer Federation for equity in pay and working conditions to the men’s national team.

The USSF is a nonprofit organization with a mission to grow soccer nationally, but ultimately did not fairly compensate women’s soccer.

“We know in our hearts, and we know with the facts that we have, that we’re on the right side of this,” co-captain Megan Rapinoe said on “Good Morning America.” “I don’t think anyone can argue that there’s gender inequities in this world, that there’s a pay gap, that there’s pay discrepancies.”

While women’s soccer is less popular globally, over 25.4 million viewers watched the United States beat Japan in the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup Final. That match was the single most-watched soccer event in United State s History, according to the Nielsen ratings.

The event bypassed the previous most watched match which was the 2014 Men’s World Cup group stage match versus Portugal, a game the men’s team lost in the 94th minute.

Neal joined Fox Sports in 2012 with the intention to elevate the FIFA Women’s World Cup and its broadcast around the world. He said they expect even more record-breaking viewing numbers and award-winning production again this Summer in France.

Even after legal battles back home, the USWNT intends to head to France with their one intention to defend their title. Positive female role models competing on the world stage inspire young girls to dream bigger and bolder, and play more confidently.