US Soccer reaches ‘historic’ equal pay agreement for US men and women teams

May 19, 2022

The US men’s and women’s national soccer teams will receive equal pay under a “historic” agreement announced by the US Soccer Federation on Wednesday, following years of pressure from female national players.
For the first time, the women’s team representing the United States will receive the same pay and prize money as the men’s—including at World Cups.
The historic agreement between the U.S. Soccer Federation and the players will run through 2028 and comes after years of disputes with the women’s team over equal pay. It also comes three months after a group of top women’s team players settled a gender discrimination lawsuit against U.S. Soccer.
The women’s and men’s team will not only receive the same salary, they will also evenly split the payments they receive from FIFA for the World Cup.
“No other country has ever done this,” Cindy Parlow Cone, the president of U.S. Soccer, said of the deal to equalize World Cup payments, per The New York Times. “I think everyone should be really proud of what we’ve accomplished here. It really, truly is historic.”

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