Matsui & DeLauro Introduce GOALS Act to Level the Playing Field for U.S. Women's National Soccer Team

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, on International Women’ Day and on the two-year anniversary of the U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team’s (USNWT) lawsuit for equal pay, Congresswoman Doris Matsui (CA-06) and Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (CT-03) introduced the Give Our Athletes Level Salaries (GOALS) Act to ensure the World Cup-winning USWNT are paid fair and equitable wages compared to the U.S. Men’s team.

Even at the pinnacle of the sporting world, USWNT players earn significantly less compared to their male counterparts on the U.S. Men’s National Team (USMNT), despite performing the same job, producing equal or more revenue for the U.S. Soccer Federation (USSF) in ticket and jersey sales, and bringing home a fourth World Cup in 2019, a feat not yet achieved by the USMNT. 

Although the USSF addressed various non-compensation issues late last year, pay parity was not addressed in the latest USWNT lawsuit settlement. The GOALS Act would block any and all federal funding for the 2026 World Cup – jointly-hosted by the United States, Mexico, and Canada – until the U.S. Soccer Federation (USSF) pays the USWNT fair and equitable wages.

“In times both good and bad, sports connect us to one another and to our nation through our common bond to our beloved teams. The collective spirit and support for the U.S. Women’s National Team lifts our entire nation up and inspires young women from coast-to-coast to pursue their passions and become the next generation of leaders,” said Congresswoman Matsui. “Stars such as Megan Rapinoe, Alex Morgan, and Carli Lloyd are household names, yet their hard work – which has brought our nation various World Cups including the most recent tournament – is grossly undervalued. From factory floors to the boardroom, to the soccer pitch of the world’s biggest stage, women everywhere perform the same job and do not get what they deserve – equal pay for equal work.  The GOALS Act provides a clear message to the U.S. Soccer Federation – make real reforms to provide equal wages to their female athletes or sacrifice vital funds for the 2026 World Cup. I stand with our USWNT as we renew our commitment to end pay discrimination, close the wage gap and ensure women of all backgrounds have equity in the workplace.”

“The concept is simple: women deserve equal pay for equal work,” said Congresswoman DeLauro. “The U.S. Women’s National Team, women who have captivated the global soccer community, deserve the same compensation as their male counterparts. The U.S. Soccer Federation must be held accountable and end its discriminatory practices. The GOALS Act will bring our nation a step closer to equal pay for all professional athletes.”  

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