- US soccer teams will have equal pay.
- The agreement guarantees equal remuneration for World Cup matches and prizes.
- The US Soccer Federation is the first body in the sport to promise equal pay to both genders.
The United States Soccer Federation has reached a historic agreement to pay its men’s and women’s teams equally. This makes the US governing body the first in the sports world to promise equal pay to both genders.
On Wednesday, the USSF announced separate collective bargaining agreements through December 2028 with the unions of both national teams, ending years of often acrimonious negotiations, according to The Associated Press.
An achievement for US soccer
The men’s teams have been playing under the terms of a collective bargaining agreement that expired in December 2018. The women’s agreement expired at the end of March, but talks continued after the federation and the players agreed to settle a gender discrimination lawsuit brought in 2019. The agreement was conditional on the federation creating employment contracts that equalized salaries and bonuses for the two teams.
“I feel a lot of pride for the girls who are going to see this growing up, and recognize their value rather than having to fight for it. However, my dad always told me that you don’t get rewarded for doing what you’re supposed to do — and paying men and women equally is what you’re supposed to do,” said Margaret Purce. “I’m grateful for this accomplishment and for all the people who came together to make it so.”
When does the agreement take effect?
Perhaps the biggest sticking point was the World Cup prize money, which is based on how far a team advances in the tournament. While US players have been successful on the international stage with back-to-back World Cup titles, differences in FIFA prize money meant women’s teams took home much less than the male winners.
The unions have agreed to pool FIFA payments for the World Cup later this year and next year’s Women’s World Cup, as well as for the 2026 and 2027 tournaments. Filed Under: USA soccer.
Equal pay for soccer players
The footballers will receive an equal percentage of the collective profits paid by FIFA. According to the USSF, the agreement makes it the first federation to distribute the FIFA prize in this way.
“They said equal pay for men and women was not possible, but that didn’t stop us and we went and did it,” said Walker Zimmerman, a fullback who is part of the players’ union leadership group. USNSTPA. “We hope this will awaken others who need this kind of change and inspire FIFA and others around the world to move in the same direction,” he added. Filed Under: USA soccer.