The U.S. Soccer Federation, United States Women’s National Team Players Association, and United States national Soccer Team Players Association officially agreed to new and historic Collective Bargaining Agreements through 2028 that features true equal pay for the USWNT and USMNT, including FIFA World Cup prize money.
U.S. Soccer is the first Federation to reach such a goal.
What’s more, the CBAs for both the women’s and men’s senior national teams are the same in working conditions and financial components, which means they will have identical appearance fees and game bonuses, prize money, and commercial revenue share (first time ever). This could provide new opportunities to help grow the game.
“This is a truly historic moment,” U.S. Soccer President Cindy Parlow Cone wrote in a letter. “In becoming the first federation in the world to solve the massive and vexing challenge of equalizing FIFA World Cup prize money, U.S. Soccer and our players have changed the game forever here at home, with the hopes of inspiring change around the world.”
Another highlight of the historic CBA is that both the USWNT and USMNT will get childcare during training camps and matches, something that was only available for the women’s teams.
The Federation will also provide a 401(k) plan for all players and match up to 5% of players’ compensation. Matching amounts will be deducted from each team’s share of commercial revenue payable in each year.
The CBAs come following a settlement made at the end of February between the USSF and USWNT that included a multi-million-dollar payment to the players and a promise by The Federation to provide equal pay between the men’s and women’s national teams.
“The accomplishments in this CBA are a testament to the incredible efforts of WNT players on and off the field,” USWNT player and USWNTPA President Becky Sauerbrunn said in a statement. “The gains we have been able to achieve are both because of the strong foundation laid by the generations of WNT players that came before the current team and through our union’s recent collaboration with our counterparts at the USNSTPA and leadership at U.S. Soccer. We hope that this agreement and its historic achievements in not only providing for equal pay but also in improving the training and playing environment for National Team players will similarly serve as the foundation for continued growth of women’s soccer both in the United States and abroad.”
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