“Historic” agreement for equal pay for women and men on American soccer teams

The American soccer federation announced Wednesday that it has concluded an agreement described as “historic” and “first of its kind” with associations of players of its choice, formalizing equal pay between the women’s team and the team. masculine.

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“The two collective agreements, which will run until 2028, make it possible to achieve equal wages through equal economic terms” the federation details in a press release.

The announcement came months after the federation’s first preliminary agreement with a group of players, including star Megan Rapinoe, began legal proceedings against the body in 2019. The federation (US Soccer) was already committed in paying the women’s national team at the same level as the men’s team.

The collective agreement has now been adopted, the agreement will have to be approved by the court to end the lawsuits.

With four World Cup titles and as many gold medals at the Olympic Games, the United States women’s national soccer team is the most successful in the history of the women’s sport. His record is so much broader than his male counterpart that at the World Cup he never did better than third place … in 1930.

“This is truly a historic moment. These agreements are changing the sport forever here in the United States and they have the potential to change the sport around the world, ”US Soccer President Cindy Parlow Cone said in the same statement.

Ms Parlow Cone added that “no matter how you look at this deal, the boys gave money to level it up, so I think the men’s team and the players’ association should both be commended. “.

According to the terms of these collective agreements, the bonus system will be identical between the selection of men and the selection of women “for all competitions, including the FIFA World Cup”, and introduce for the first time the a similar mechanism of commercial revenue sharing.

They all come in a common pot that is shared equally between the players. And, for example, a victory in an international match organized by US Soccer can bring in up to 18,000 dollars (17,000 euros), whether you are a player or a player.

“The agreements will ensure that players of the United States national soccer team remain among the highest paid in the world,” the federation said in its statement.


National Team Women’s Players Association (USWNTPA) President Becky Sauerbrunn also accepted the deal.

“The successes of this collective agreement are a reflection of the work done by the national team players on and off the pitch,” said the 36-year-old defender, international with 202 caps.

On the men’s side, one of the board members of the National Team Players Association (USNSTPA), Walker Zimmerman, said he hoped the agreement would “awaken others to the need for this kind of change, and inspire FIFA and others around the world are moving in this direction. “

“They said that equal pay for men and women was not possible, but that didn’t stop us from moving forward and achieving” that equality, the Nashville SC attorney said.

Ms. said. Parlow Cone in September that he hopes to “individually” World Cup bonuses for America’s men’s and women’s teams, to resolve the dispute between the body and the national team players.

The question of these bonuses was an important part of the lawsuit brought by the American women’s team in 2019, and notably brought by Megan Rapinoe, who accused the federation of “stubbornly refusing” to pay its players fairly.

FIFA, for example, gave a bonus of more than 32 million euros to France during their victory on the planet in 2018 to the men, while only 3.4 million euros were paid to the Americans during their world title. of 2019. And the American players, eliminated during the round of 16 in 2014, received 4.5 million euros while their female counterparts received only 1.45 million for winning their competition.

The supreme body of world football has already announced that the total revenue to be shared by players for the next Men’s World Cup in Qatar will be 400 million dollars (380 M EUR), while for the Women’s World Cup in Australia, in 2023, the total will be 60 million dollars (57 M EUR) for female players.

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