Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Herdman Says Women's Soccer Is on the Rise but Women Need to Buy into Sport

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Herdman Says Women's Soccer Is on the Rise but Women Need to Buy into Sport

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Herdman says women need to go all in on soccer

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TORONTO - Canadian coach John Herdman says women's soccer is on the rise but has a ways to go before it can generate the kind of money that the men's game does.

"The women's game's grown massively over the last 15 years," he said in an interview Friday. "I think it's gone even quicker in the last eight years, in terms of opportunities overseas, the type of wages players will get in professional clubs in Europe etc. And then the commitments from a lot of national bodies around the world to centralize contracts, to make sure that women's teams are rewarded for the work that they put in.

"I still think it's young and it's growing and it's about the women's game continuing to increase in popularity."

Herdman's comments came in response to a question about a pay equity challenge filed by five members of the World Cup-winning U.S. team. The American women have accused the U.S. Soccer Federation of wage discrimination in an action filed with the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

Alex Morgan, Carli Lloyd, Megan Rapinoe, Becky Sauerbrunn and Hope Solo contend they are paid nearly four times less than their male counterparts on the U.S. men's national team.

The union representing the players is currently involved in a legal dispute with U.S. Soccer over the terms of their collective bargaining agreement.

"The women's game has to almost become a product on its own and it has to be a product for women," said Herdman, an English native and longtime women's coach. …

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