Welcome to Everything Money! An extensive guide to the Women’s World Cup and its finances brought to you by three current Duke students, Alex Bajana, Matt Farrell, and Richard Asfour.  Much has currently been made of the lawsuit the U.S. Women’s national team filed with U.S. Soccer alleging unequal treatment and pay mandated under the Equal Pay Act. 

This lawsuit served as the inspiration for us  to look into what these pay disparities really are and the factors that could be driving them. However, our blog quickly moved beyond the scope of just the unequal wages paid to the men’s and women’s national teams and into literally everything money! From FIFA’s revenue generating model, to how cities and countries pay for the infrastructure for hosting these massive tournaments, our blog focuses on everything you need to know about the controversial finances behind the 2019 Women’s World Cup. Find below a brief description of all the different pages on this blog.


Current Women’s Soccer Pay Gap Issues:

Shockingly, Neymar earned more money from PSG than all 1,639 women’s soccer players playing in the top domestic leagues combined. This post explores the current gender pay gap issues that arise in soccer. Is the current gender pay gap another example of systematic inequality? Or is instead justified by the revenue that each gender generates from its sport? This piece lays out the arguments for both sides.


FIFA’s Revenue Model:

With the 2018 Men’s World Cup set to make a record breaking 6.1 million dollars of revenue, this article sets out to find how exactly the World Cup genarates this amount of money. It will also look at the differnces between women and men’s World Cup to investigate how their earnings are different and if it plays a role in the athletes payments.


How World Cups are Financed and Funded:

A look into how much countries invest in World Cups and the different costs associated with holding the tournament. 


Statistical Analysis of Women’s FIFA Power Rankings:

This post attempts to mathematically define the relationship between certain variables and a women’s national team’s ability as measured by FIFA rankings. Along the theme of this site, I primarily look at how a country’s wealth statistically affects a country’s women’s national team. Do wealthier nations have better women’s national teams? I find that wealth significantly explains a large portion of a women’s national team’s on-field performance even when controlled for other variables such as women’s equality indexes and general human development indexes.  


History of…:

Women and organized soccer have had a long and complicated relationship. This article goes through the history of women’s soccer. From unofficial World Cups to the first FIFA organized World Championship for Women’s Football for the M&M’s Cup.


Tournament Prize Pools:

An exploration into the prize pool for this year’s Women’s World Cup and how it compares with those of previous tournaments and with the men’s tournament.