Even though women’s soccer continues to grow in popularity around the world, the truth is that it still has a way to go before it can rival the men’s game, which has the benefit of a huge head start and billions of dollars more in sponsorship deals.
The FIFA World Cup 2018, which currently takes place in Russia, is probably the biggest show on the planet, and accordingly profitable event for FIFA (the global administrators of the game). However, men get far, far higher prize money in comparison to the woman’s world cup (the next one will take place in France, 2019), and FIFA argues that it is the case simply because of the much greater profit that is generated.
Twitter user Charlotte Clymer, however, did not accept FIFA’s argument, and she made a good point on the inequality in prize money. Some people supported her view, while others gave convincing economic arguments to discredit her opinion that FIFA is discriminating against women. To be fair, the whole thing descended into a petty and childish dispute, but we will leave it to you to decide whether she was right or wrong.