World Cup: U.S. men’s and women’s teams to split prize money

US Soccer recently ratified an equal pay agreement that requires men’s and women’s national teams to split World Cup prize money evenly, meaning each team will pay $5.85 million for the men’s win over Iran on Tuesday Tuesday received. The win sent the Americans through to the round of 16 of the tournament and was worth $13 million. After US Soccer takes a 10% cut, the remainder is split between the two national teams.

The women only got $6 million combined for winning the 2015 and 2019 World Championships. Your earnings from this tournament will grow as the men advance further in the knockout rounds.

FIFA is awarding $440 million in prize money to the 32 nations at this year’s World Cup. It awarded $30 million to the 24 teams at the 2019 Women’s World Cup.

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Fox scores 15.6 million viewers for US-Iran

According to Nielsen Media Research, early ratings saw Fox’s viewership for Tuesday’s US-Iran game peak at 15.6 million viewers. The game attracted nearly 1 million streaming viewers.

Another hurdle falls: women referee a men’s game for the first time

Referee Stephanie Frappart shows a yellow card during the Women's Euro 2022 Group B match between Germany and Spain.

Referee Stephanie Frappart shows a yellow card during the Women’s Euro 2022 Group B match between Germany and Spain July 12 in London.

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Stephanie Frappart of France will become the first woman to officiate a men’s World Cup game when she referees Thursday’s Germany group stage final against Costa Rica. FIFA also selected two women to be Frappart’s assistants – Brazil’s Neuza Back and Mexican Karen Díaz – to complete an all-women’s team on the pitch.

A fourth woman, Kathryn Nesbitt of the USA, will also oversee the game at Al Bayt Stadium as an offside specialist on the video review team.

Frappart, the center official of the final of the 2019 Women’s World Cup in France, previously served as the fourth official in Qatar. Her selection as the first woman at center at this World Cup came from 44 games in the 64-match tournament.

Iran’s defeat by the US is celebrated – in Iran

Iran’s 1-0 defeat by the United States in the group stage final on Tuesday was hailed in parts of Iran, where millions have taken to the streets in anti-government demonstrations over the past two months. The celebration was particularly merry in Iran’s Kurdish regions, where some people shouted “Death to the dictator,” a popular protest slogan referring to Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.

The protests began two and a half months ago after the death of a young Kurdish woman in the custody of Iran’s Morality Police in the capital, Tehran, and have quickly turned into the most serious challenge to Iran’s theocracy since its formation in the 1979 Islamic Revolution. Players from the Iran national team became ignorant pawns in the conflict with the government, which adopted them as a symbol and national pride, and the protesters, who called on the players to publicly show their support during the World Cup.

Iran, who are participating in a World Cup for the third year in a row, were looking to advance to the second round of the tournament for the first time in their history.

The Associated Press contributed to this report. World Cup: U.S. men’s and women’s teams to split prize money

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