In what could be touted as a historic move, the United States men’s and women’s soccer teams have arrived at a collective bargaining agreement with their governing body- the United States Soccer Federation (USSF). This implies that there will be equal pay for both women and men across all competitions for both men and women football players. In addition, there will also be equality in the way the commercial revenue is shared.
It is being reported that the agreements between the USSF as well as the women players union and the men players union will last until 2028. This is a huge step in the pay disparity faced by women not only across sporting spheres around the world but in other professions on the planet as a whole.
The deals ensure that both teams are paid on “identical” terms. The same was announced by the USSF as well as the Men’s and Women’s player’ unions. The announcement comes three months after the women’s team and the US Soccer arrived at a settlement that was concerning the sour relationship between the USSF and their most successful team. The settlement meant that the Women ‘s team was awarded $24 million and more importantly the assurance that they would be paid equally.
“This is a truly historic moment. These agreements have changed the game forever here in the United States and have the potential to change the game around the world,” USSF president Cindy Parlow Cone said as quoted by Goal India.
“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,” she added.
Meanwhile, the women’s players association president Becky Sauerbrunn noted: “The accomplishments in this CBA are a testament to the incredible efforts of WNT players on and off the field.”
She also hoped that it would mean better opportunities for women players both in the United States as well as in other countries.