On Women’s National Soccer Teams


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The members of the U.S. women’s national soccer team filed a lawsuit Friday against U.S. Soccer, accusing it of gender discrimination. The starting 11 are seen here before playing Brazil earlier this week in Tampa, Fla.

Cali Penilla, Contributor

Do you ever wonder what it’s like to be a professional women soccer player, and what they do before games?

There are many different national teams around the world that you can watch, and they are all very good.  The United States Women’s National Soccer team, also known as U.S.W.N.T., is an inspiration to young girls (and boys) who want to be soccer players.  The U.S.W.N.T. played Sweden on April 10th, and also played France on April 13th.  The US Women’s National soccer team is currently the world’s best team, and has some of the world’s best players.

The Covid-19 pandemic has been hard for everyone. All sports got shut down and all the games were canceled.  After a while in quarantine, the virus finally started to die down and games were back on.  But some players got COVID.  Alex Morgan, a forward on the US soccer team was one of them.  In an interview Morgan talked about her and her family getting COVID.  “I was fighting off a little bit of a fever for quite a few days but as I got back and kind of took the right steps to get my body back into shape, I started to feel really good after about three weeks or so but it did take a little bit, and it took a lot of patience as well, on my end, with,” she said.  Some students have lost family members to COVID or they got sick so this time has been very scary.  Women’s professional soccer is now able to play games and practice but they have to wear masks and practice social distancing when they aren’t playing.

The U.S women’s national team has been fighting for equal pay since May in 2020. They get paid way less than the U.S. Men’s national team even though they have won four FIFA Women’s World Cups, and the men’s U.S national soccer team hasn’t won any. Their fight isn’t over but they’re  going to keep fighting for equal pay and better opportunities for women’s sports.

In May 2021, they were dismissed by a judge for equal pay.  After the judge dismissed them they are still not giving up.  For example, Megan Rapinoe says “We will never stop fighting for EQUALITY.”