US Soccer announces equal pay for men and women national team players
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US Soccer announces equal pay for men and women national team players

US Soccer Federation Wednesday announced both men and women national team players will receive equal pay and prize money based on new collective bargaining agreements (CBAs). The news brings to an end a years-long battle for equal pay headed by the US Women’s National Team (USWNT).

The term of the CBAs will run through 2028 and include equal pay and compensation for all competitions, including the FIFA World Cup. Importantly, the agreements mean that “US Soccer becomes the first Federation in the world to equalize FIFA World Cup prize money awarded to the…USWNT and the US Men’s National Team (USMNT) for participation in their respective World Cups.”

The landmark CBAs ensure that US Soccer team players will be among the highest-paid national team players worldwide. Key aspects of the CBAs include equal pay for equal work, senior national team benefits, best-in-class playing and training environments, and additional USWNT benefits. Additionally, the CBAs improve non-economic terms of player contracts, including player health and safety, data privacy and the need to balance responsibilities to both club and country.

US Soccer President Cindy Parlow Cone’s stated: “This is a truly historic moment. These agreements have changed the game forever here in the United States and have the potential to change the game around the world.”

Earlier this year, US Soccer and the women’s national team in February settled a six-year lawsuit over equal pay. The settlement was contingent upon the negotiation of a new CBA.