What the USWNT can learn from Australia's equal pay deal
While the U.S. women's national team continues a decades-long battle with the U.S. Soccer Federation over alleged wage discrimination, Australian soccer has been making headlines for a very different reason. © Provided by Oath Inc. The Australian women's national team won its equal pay fight. What can the USWNT learn from the Matildas? (Photo by Hannah Peters - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images) The men's and women's national teams of Australia just approved a new collective bargaining agreement that offers equal pay across the board, down to the cent.
Megan Rapinoe capped her incredible year by winning the Ballon d’Or Féminin on Monday in Paris, presented annually now to the top player in women’s soccer.
She’s the first United States women’s national team player to win it, with Norwegian striker and Lyon starlast year.
Rapinoe helped lead thelast summer in France, scoring six goals and recording three assists to earn both the and Golden Boot as its top scorer. She also returned later in the National Women’s Soccer League season and helped Reign FC reach the playoffs, where they fell to the eventual champion North Carolina Courage.
NCAA champion fencers plan to confront President Trump during White House celebration
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On top of that, thebecame a global symbol for female empowerment, from across the Atlantic and spearheading the .
Rapinoe, 34, sent a video message thanking her fans and peers as she couldn’t be at the ceremony. She was joined by USWNT teammates, and as Ballon d’Or finalists.
The shortlist also included Hegerberg, Orlando Pride and Brazilian star Marta, and Australian star Sam Kerr, who spent last season with the Chicago Red Stars and just signed with Chelsea.
Here are the other finalists: Lucy Bronze (Lyon/England), Sarah Bouhaddi (Lyon/France), Amandine Henry (Lyon/France), Dzsenifer Marozsán (Lyon/Germany), Wendie Renard (Lyon/France), Kosovare Asllani (Real Madrid/Sweden), Sofia Jakobsson (Real Madrid/Sweden), Pernille Harder (VFL Wolfsburg/Denmark), Nilla Fischer (Linköpings/Sweden), Lieke Martens (Barcelona/Netherlands), Vivienne Miedema (Arsenal/Netherlands), Sari van Veenendaal (Atletico Madrid/Netherlands), and Ellen White (Manchester City/England).
Lionel Messi wins record-breaking sixth Ballon d'Or, and he's always the right choice
The trouble with giving out a prize for the best soccer player of the year is that when the greatest, by some distance, to ever bestride a field is among them, it all becomes a bit monotonous and predictable. © Provided by Yahoo! Sports Lionel Messi won his sixth Ballon d'Or on Monday to break a tie with Cristiano Ronaldo for most all time. (Photo by Quality Sport Images/Getty Images) Back in June, Virgil van Dijk sat on the podium for a postgame press conference, his jersey still wet, his long hair frizzy and his Champions League winner’s medal dangling around his neck.
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