The American men's and women's soccer teams reached equal pay on Wednesday after the agreement between the United States Soccer Federation (USSF), the Women's National Team Players Association (USWNTPA) and the Men's National Team Players Association (USNSTPA). ) for the signing of two new groups that hope to be "world standard to advance in international football".
As reported by the American Federation, with these two collective agreements, which run until 2028, "they achieve equal pay through identical economic terms". "These financial terms include identical compensation for all competitions, including the World Cup, and the introduction of the same commercial revenue sharing mechanism for both teams," he noted.
These historic agreements cause the American to be "the first federation in the world" to match the cash prizes awarded for participating in the World Cup, and also "improve" in other non-economic aspects such as "health and safety, the privacy of data and the need to balance responsibilities to club and country.
In addition, in another historic step for all parties, the federation will share 50 percent between the two teams "a part of its income from broadcasting, partners and sponsorships", and will also pay the internationals "a part of the income » from the sale of tickets for their matches at home and organized by the organization, and a «bonus bonus» in those matches in which the seats are sold out.
“This is a truly historic moment. These deals have changed soccer forever here in the United States and have the potential to change it around the world," said US Soccer President Cindy Parlow Cone, who believes this step takes them "into an incredibly exciting new phase." of mutual growth and collaboration" in the quest for soccer to be "the predominant sport in the United States".
The leader was "grateful for the commitment and collaboration" of the two national teams and "incredibly proud of the hard work that has led to this moment." "Everyone who cares about our sport should share in this pride as we look forward to working together to grow football for generations to come," she added.
For its part, from the players' association, its president and player, Becky Sauerbrunn, considered "the achievements" of this agreement "a testimony of the incredible efforts" of the internationals "on and off the field."
"We hope that this agreement and its landmark achievements will not only provide equal pay but also that the improved training and playing environment for women's national team players will similarly serve as a foundation for the continued growth of women's soccer in both the United States and the United States. United as abroad", he stressed.
Finally, Walker Zimmerman, a member of the players' association, recalled being told that "equal pay for men and women was not possible." “But that didn't stop us and we kept going and we did it. We hope this will make others aware of the need for this kind of change and inspire FIFA and others around the world to move in the same direction."