Women’s soccer has been developing rapidly in France but Frenchwomen do not believe they are in a position to ask for the same financial treatment as the men even though their American counterparts have filed an equal pay lawsuit, reports Reuters.
France, fourth in the FIFA women’s world rankings, are among the favourites for this year’s World Cup on home soil, but they are still trailing the U.S., the three-times world champions.
“The guys have a huge exposure, they have results and a lot of people following them,” 21-year-old midfielder Grace Geyoro told Reuters on Tuesday ahead of a friendly game against Japan.
While the U.S. men’s team failed to qualify for last year’s World Cup, Didier Deschamps’s French side emerged triumphant in Russia.
“The bonuses will depend on our performances, on how things are going to pan out, on what kind of exposure we will get,” added Geyoro.
“We would like to get a little bit more. Maybe not as much as the men but a bit more would be great,” striker Valerie Gauvin, who plays at Montpellier, told Reuters.