According to the latest reports, the United States soccer federation has announced that they will be paying their men’s and women’s teams an equal amount of wages making it a milestone agreement in the world. The federation steal the headline on Wednesday as they ended the acrimonious negotiations over the years. The US organization is the first in the world to take the decision of matching the payment for both genders’ football teams. They announced individual collective bargaining agreements until 2028 with the players’ union.
The US men’s football team has been playing under a certain CBA which ended in 2018 December and the women’s team’s CBA expired in March but both the teams agreed on a gender discrimination lawsuit making the federation equalize the payment. One of the US women’s team’s players, Margaret, thinks that they have got what they deserve as they were paid less until the decision was taken and they had to fight for it but ultimately they succeeded.
“I feel a lot of pride for the girls who are going to see this growing up and recognize their value rather than having to fight for it. However, my dad always told me that you don’t get rewarded for doing what you’re supposed to do — and paying men and women equally is what you’re supposed to do,” U.S. forward Margaret Purce said. “So I’m not giving out any gold stars, but I’m grateful for this accomplishment and for all the people who came together to make it so.”
Everything to know about the US Soccer federation’s decisions for men’s and women’s team
The US player’s unions funded FIFA’s payments for the men’s World Cup later this year and for the women’s team in the World Cup next year and also for the 2026 and 2027 competitions. The World Cup prize money, which is determined by how far a team advances in the tournament, was perhaps the most controversial topic. The women’s team have won the World Cup over the recent years back-to-back unlike the men’s team but unfortunately didn’t get the deserved amount after contributing to the country.
Previously, the federation calculated incentives based on payments from FIFA, which reserved $400 million for the 2018 men’s tournament, including $38 million for champion France, and $30 million for the 2019 women’s tournament, including $4 million for champion USA. The USSF will combine the cash, removing 10% off the top and then dividing the remaining funds equally among 46 players from both teams.