Washington (The Times Groupe)- A deal has been reached by the U.S. Soccer Federation to pay the U.S. Men’s National Team and the U.S. Women’s National Team equally, eliminating a contentious pay gap that saw female players earning less. World Cup
The new collective bargaining agreements will run through 2028 and include “equalization” of prize money for World Cups, according to the Soccer Federation.
There was a settlement between the women’s team and the governing body in February to resolve the longstanding pay dispute, with the federation agreeing to pay both teams equally in the next union contract and to pay the women’s team $22 million in back pay.
Becky Sauerbrunn, a player on the Women’s National Team and president of the United States Women’s National Team Players Association, said that equal pay was achieved by players both on and off the field.
“The agreement and its historic achievements, including providing equal pay for women’s soccer players as well as improving the training and playing conditions for national team players, will serve as the foundation for the continued growth of women’s soccer both in the United States and abroad,” Sauerbrunn said.
According to the federation, the two collective bargaining agreements – one for each team – have “identical economic terms” that include equal pay for all competitions, including the FIFA World Cup.
Both teams will pay the same appearance fee and receive the same bonus, based on the team’s performance and the opponent’s rank.
Furthermore, the two teams and the federation will share the prize money from their World Cup appearances. The organization said it was the first federation in the world to equalize World Cup prize money.
Both teams will also share revenue from commercial and ticket sales.
Cindy Parlow Cone, US Soccer President, said in a statement that this is a truly historic moment. In the United States, these agreements have changed the game forever, and they have the potential to change it around the world as well.
U.S. men’s national team defender Tim Ream said in a tweet that it had “been a long process but very proud of everyone involved for reaching and achieving this. It has truly become One Nation, One Team.”