The US Soccer federation announced today that the US men’s and women’s national soccer teams will receive equal pay under a “historic” agreement following years of legal pressure from female national players.
The agreement makes the United States the world’s first country to achieve equal pay for its men’s and women’s soccer teams.
US Soccer President Cindy Parlow Cone said “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.”
“US 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.”
In February, the US national women’s team won a $24 million payout and a memorandum of understanding of equal pay in a settlement with US Soccer.
“It’s going to be game-changing for what women’s football looks like in general,” USWNT forward Margaret Purce said.
“It’s historic, and I think it’s going to trigger a lot of other things in the sport, not just in the United States but globally.”
The terms of Wednesday’s agreement include “identical compensation for all competitions, including the FIFA World Cup, and the introduction of the same commercial revenue sharing mechanism for both teams,” USSF said.