Court Forces Israel’s Government to Funnel Millions in Funding for Women’s Soccer

Petition sought to challenge a distorted division of public funds that had favored male soccer leagues

The Emek Hefer women's soccer team plays against Eilat, August 8, 2019.
Ilan Assayag

Women soccer players have won another battle on the road to equality, with the high court ordering the sports ministry to recognize the national women’s league and fund it accordingly.

The ruling was on a petition challenging a distorted division of public funds that had favored male soccer leagues.

As a result of the decision the ministry is expected to rectify an improper and discriminatory budget cut for the 2018/19 year and funnel millions of shekels to the women’s soccer league.

Attorney Uri Kahana, representing the women's teams, said, “this is another significant achievement for women’s sports in Israel. Following the change women’s soccer is excepted to advance in the coming years and fill the artificial gap created through the years that was due to an unprecedented degree of gender discrimination in the distribution of funds for sports.”