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Soccer players representing the US men’s and women’s national teams will receive the same pay and prize money for the first time under historic agreements with the US Soccer Federation. The collective bargaining agreements, announced yesterday, end a yearslong fight over compensation. The deal comes three months after the women’s national team reached a $24M settlement for an equal pay lawsuit against the federation.
The agreements also require unequal payments from the World Cup to be pooled and shared equally among members of both teams, beginning with the 2022 Men’s World Cup in Qatar. For comparison, the men’s national team received $9M from FIFA for finishing 11th in the 2014 World Cup, while the women’s national team received $2M for winning the 2015 World Cup. No other nation is believed to have a revenue-sharing provision. The agreements run through 2028. See the full terms here.
The women’s team has won four World Cups, six Olympic medals, and eight CONCACAF Gold Cups. The men’s team has won seven CONCACAF Gold Cups.