The unions representing the women’s and men’s U.S. national soccer teams both signed new collective bargaining agreements (CBAs) with the U.S. Soccer Federation (USSF). Under the CBAs, women and men will be guaranteed equal pay for the first time. The historic agreements resolve a legal dispute first brought by the women’s national team six years ago challenging the compensation gap.
To reach the deal, the parties agreed that World Cup prize money will be pooled and shared equally among the players on both the men’s team and the women’s team. FIFA – the organization that governs international soccer and the Word Cup tournament – pays men’s soccer prize money that is as much as ten times higher than what it pays women’s soccer. With their groundbreaking deal, the U.S. teams become the first to pool and share prize money equally among men and women players.
Assuming the presiding judge approves the arrangement, which seems likely, the parties can end their courtroom battle and take their matches back to the pitch.