U.S. Soccer Makes History by Agreeing to Compensate Men and Women Equally
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In historic move, U.S. Soccer to Compensate Men and Women Equally

From left to right Crystal Dunn, Rose Lavelle, Christen Press, Megan Rapinoe and Alex Morgan of Team U.S. (Image: Getty Images/Laurence Griffiths)

Soccer has equal pay for all.

The United States Soccer Federation (USSF), the United States Women’s National Team Players Association (USWNTPA), and the United States National Soccer Team Players Association (USNSTPA) announced they have agreed to historic, first-of-their-kind collective bargaining agreements (CBAs) that promise equal pay for both genders.

“U.S. Soccer and the USWNT and USMNT players have reset their relationship with these new agreements and are leading us forward to an incredibly exciting new phase of mutual growth and collaboration as we continue our mission to become the preeminent sport in the United States,” said U.S. Soccer President Cindy Parlow Cone in a written statement.

She said the agreements “have the potential to change the game around the world.”

Both collective bargaining agreements, slated to run through 2028, attain equal pay for equal play, through identical economic terms. These financial terms include the same compensation for all competitions. This includes the FIFA World Cup and the introduction of the same commercial revenue-sharing means for both teams. The negotiated terms of the contracts will guarantee that U.S. Soccer’s Senior National Team players stay among the highest paid in the world.

“They said equal pay for men and women was not possible, but that did not stop us and we went ahead and achieved it,” said Walker Zimmerman, a member of the USNSTPA leadership group. “We hope this will awaken others to the need for this type of change and will inspire FIFA and others around the world to move in the same direction.”

The CBAs will take place over the next two World Cup and Olympic cycles and ensure that USWNT and USMNT players are among the highest-paid National Team players in the world.


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