The US Soccer Federation reached a milestone agreement to pay its men’s and women’s teams equally, making the US national governing body the first sport to promise match money to both sexes.
The federation announced separate collective bargaining agreements with unions for both national teams on Wednesday through December 2028, ending years of often acrimonious negotiations.
The men are playing under the CBA’s terms expiring in December 2018., Women’s CBA ended at the end of march But negotiations continued after federation and the players agreed to settle the gender discrimination lawsuit. Brought to you by some players in 2019. The settlement was contingent on the federation reaching labor contracts that equalized wages and bonuses between the two teams.
“I feel so proud of girls who are watching this grow up, and recognize their worth instead of fighting for it. However, my father always told me not to reward you for doing that. That’s what you’re supposed to do – and paying men and women equally is what you should be doing,” said US forward Margaret Purse. “So I’m not awarding any gold stars, but I’m grateful for this achievement and for all the people who came together to make it happen.”
Perhaps the biggest sticking point was World Cup prize money, which is based on how far a team progresses in the tournament. While American women have been successful on the international stage with consecutive World Cup titlesThe difference in FIFA prize money meant they took home far less than the men’s winners.
The unions agreed to pool FIFA’s payments for the 2026 and 2027 tournaments, along with the men’s World Cup later this year and next year’s women’s World Cup.
The USSF said each player would receive a matching game attendance fee, making it the first federation to pool FIFA prize money in this way.
“We saw this as an opportunity, an opportunity to be a leader in this front and engage with the women’s side and US Soccer. So we are just excited that we were able to make a deal like this,” said Walker Zimmerman Said, a defender who is part of the US National Team Players Association Leadership Group.
The federation previously based the bonus on payments from FIFA, which earmarked $400 million for the 2018 men’s tournament, including $38 million to champions France.and $30 million for the 2019 women’s tournament, including $4 million to champion United States,
FIFA has raised a total of $440 million for the 2022 Men’s World CupAnd its president, Gianni Infantino, has proposed that FIFA double the women’s prize money for the 2023 Women’s World Cup to $60 million, with FIFA increasing the teams to 32.
For current World Cup cycles, the USSF will pool the FIFA funds, taking 10% from the top and then splitting the rest equally among the 46 players – 23 players on each team’s roster. For the 2026-27 cycle, the USSF cut increases to 20% before the split.
After missing the 2018 World CupMen qualified for this year’s World Cup in Qatar Starting in November. Women’s team would like to qualify for the 2023 World Cup this yearCo-hosted by Australia and New Zealand,
For shorter tournaments, such as those run by the Governing Body of North America, players will earn the same game bonus. And for exhibition games, players will receive matching attendance fees and performance payments based on match results and opponent rank. Players who do not wear a dress will receive a fee equivalent to attending a national team training camp.
The women gave up the guaranteed base pay that had been part of their CBA since 2005. Some players were guaranteed annual salaries of $100,000.
“I think we’ve overstepped some conditions that may seem like we’ve lost something, but now our (professional) league is actually strong enough where we don’t need that many guaranteed contracts anymore, you know. Well, we can be more of a pay-to-play model,” Purse said.
Child care covered for women for over 25 years will be extended to men during national team training camps and matches.
Women and men will also receive a portion of commercial revenue from tickets for matches controlled by the USSF, with bonuses for sales, and each team will receive a portion of broadcast, participant and sponsor revenue.
Players will receive a 401(k) plan and will be subject to IRS limits on up to 5% of the USSF player’s compensation. That money would be deducted from the shares of commercial revenue.
Federation president Cindy Parlow Coen, a former national teammate, said, “There were moments when I thought it would all fall apart and then it came back together and it was all different groups coming together, at one table. There’s a real credit to having the conversation.” The player who became the head of the governing body in 2020. “I think that is actually the turning point. Before, trying to negotiate CBA with women and then negotiating CBA terms with men and vice versa, was really challenging. I think the real turning point was when we were all sitting in the same room at the same table, working together and collaborating to reach this goal. ,
The women ended six years of litigation over equal pay in February, calling for the USSF to pay $24 million, a deal if new collective bargaining agreements are reached.
As part of the settlement, players will split $22 million, roughly a third of the amount they sought in damages. The USSF also agreed to establish a fund with $2 million to benefit players in charitable efforts aimed at enhancing their post-football careers and the sport for women.
Men’s union attorney Mark Levinstein said the agreement “ends more than 20 years of union discrimination against USWNT players.”
“With the USWNTPA, USMNT players achieved what everyone said was impossible – an agreement that provides fair compensation to USMNT players and equal pay and equal working conditions to USWNT players,” he said. “The new federation leadership deserves tremendous credit for working with the players to achieve these agreements.”
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