The US men’s and women’s national soccer team will be paid the same Under a “historic” agreement announced by the American Football Association, Wednesday, after years of pressure from the players.
This move makes the federation the first in the world to equalize the World Cup prizes awarded to men’s and women’s teams. “It really is a historic moment. These deals have forever changed the game here in the United States and have the potential to change the game around the world.‘,” said USSF President Cindy Barlow-Conn.
In February, the US women’s national team won a $24 million payment and promised equal pay in a landmark deal with US Soccer, which was contingent on a new collective bargaining agreement. The issue of World Cup prize money was a big part of the lawsuit brought by the women’s team in 2019, which accused the federation of “persistently refusing” to pay them as the team’s players.
The terms of Wednesday’s deal include “similar compensation for all competitions, including the World Cup, and the introduction of the same commercial revenue-sharing mechanism for both teams.”the USSF said in its statement.
“The achievements in this collective bargaining agreement (CBA) are testament to the incredible efforts of the WNT players on and off the field,” said US women’s team captain Becky Sauerbrunn, adding that She hopes the deal will “likely serve as a foundation for the continued growth of women’s soccer both in the United States and abroad.”
The United States women have won four Women’s World Cup titles and four Olympic gold medals. They are seeking a third consecutive World Cup title after lifting titles in 2015 in Canada and 2019 in France. The last time they won the Olympic gold was in London in 2012.
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