Since last Sunday, it’s been a great week for women in sports. There were a lot of firsts…….
U.S. WOMEN’S SOCCER TEAM CELEBRATE
Last Sunday, the U.S. women’s soccer team won the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup. FIFA stands for Fédération Internationale de Football Association. It was the first time since 1999 that the U.S. team won. I followed the tournament with my dad. Actually, he watched more than I did, but I watched the final and a few games in the early and knock-out rounds. The knock-out rounds began when there were 16 teams left. Sweet 16 in basketball terms. At the beginning of some of the early tournament games, I noticed some announcers and players from other countries talked about the American’s weaknesses and simple game plans. By the final game, all that talk about weakness and simple game plans went away. Our team only let two teams score, Australia and Japan. We had really great play from Carli Lloyd and Hope Solo. Both of them won awards. Carli was named MVP and got the Gold Ball. She also won the Silver Boot for her scoring. She is the first woman player to score three goals in a final. Hope got the Golden Gloves Award for being the top goalie in the tournament. There were so many other players that made our team so dominate. Jill Ellis was the head coach and it was her first world cup as a matter of fact, she’s the first female head coach to lead a U.S. team to win it all!
Serena Williams won Wimbledon on July 11, 2015 and completed a “Serena Slam”. It means that she has won all four of the Grand Slam tennis tournaments in a row. The Grand Slam tournaments are the Austrialian Open, French Open, Wimbledon, and U.S. Open. If she wins the U.S. open next month, she will have won all of the Grand Slam tennis tournamnsts in a calendar year. Only three other female tennis players have done that. If Serena wins the U.S. Open, she will tie Steffi Graf for the most single grand slam career titles (22) in the modern era. She is already the oldest woman at 33 to win a grand slam tournament.
EQUAL PAY TO PLAY
Tennis is Equal
Years ago Billie Jean King, Chris Everett, Martina Navratilova, and others pushed for equal tournament pay for women and men. Wimbledon was the last Grand Slam tournament to start paying women and men winning players equal. Serena earned 1.88 million pounds and the 2015 men’s winner will earn the same.
Soccer Has A Long Way To Go
FIFA, the world soccer governing body paid the 2015 Women’s World Cup participating teams a total of $15 million. The winning team got $2 million. FIFA paid the 2014 Men’s World Cup participating teams $576 million. The winning team got $35 million. The US Men’s team got $9 million and they didn’t even make the finals. That’s crazy! We need some Billie Jean King’s, Chris Everett’s and Martina’s to push FIFA toward equal pay. There’s an investigation into FIFA for corruption. Maybe they need to investigate the low women’s pay too!