US soccer federation announces equalization of salaries for male and female players

The United States Soccer Federation (USSF) announced on Wednesday a “historic” agreement with the players’ associations that formalizes the equal pay between men’s and women’s national teams.

US Soccer is the first federation to equate World Cup awards given to men’s and women’s teams, he said.

“This is a truly historic moment. These agreements have forever changed the game here in the United States and have the potential to change the game around the world,” said federation president Cindy Parlow Cone.

In February, the US women’s national team got a $24 million payout and the promise of equal pay in a new collective agreement with the USSF.

The issue of World Cup prize money had been a major part of the lawsuit brought by the women’s team in 2019, which accused the federation of “stubbornly refusing” to pay its male and female players equally.

Terms of Wednesday’s deal include “identical compensation for all competitions, including the FIFA World Cup, and the introduction of the same commercial revenue sharing mechanism for both teams,” the USSF said.

The achievements of this collective agreement “are a testament to the incredible efforts of the WNT players on and off the field,” said its captain, Becky Sauerbrunn.

He also said he hopes the deal “will also serve as a foundation to continue the growth of women’s soccer both in the United States and abroad.”

The US women’s team won the World Cup four times and four Olympic gold medals.

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