Champion Female Soccer Players Make Far Less Money Than Male Players

The champion U.S. women’s soccer team earns far less than male players.

— -- More than 25 million people watched the U.S. women’s national soccer team earn their third FIFA Women’s World Cup title on Sunday.

The U.S. has more Women’s World Cup titles than any other country, and Sunday’s final -- a 5-2 defeat of Japan -- was the most-viewed soccer game in U.S. history.

When it comes to money, though, the ladies fall far short.

Last year, the U.S. men’s national soccer team, which failed in its bid to make it to the finals of the World Cup, was paid $9 million in prize money, according to Reuters. The American women -- the 2015 World Cup champions -- will earn $2 million, reports Business Insider.

In addition to compensation inequality, female soccer players are also fighting battles on other fronts.

Female soccer players may not be playing on a level field, but they are still scoring some financial wins.

After their triumphant victory at the World Cup, sales of U.S. women’s team jerseys rocketed by 3,000 percent, according to online retailer