The NFL has reached important agreements to pay the men’s and women’s teams equally, making the first US national governing body in the sport to promise matching money to both sexes.
The federation on Wednesday announced separate collective bargaining agreements through December 2028 with the unions of the national teams, ending years of often difficult negotiations.
The deals stem in part from a batch of players on the most successful women’s team, including stars like Alex Morgan and Megan Rapinoe, who were at the forefront of the battle for gender equality as they led the team to the Women’s World Cup in 2019. The struggle became a huge part of the team’s story So much so that chants of “Equal pay! Equal pay!” rose from the crowd as the American players celebrated winning the title in France.
Morgan and Rapinoe could still be beneficiaries of the deal, although the next Women’s World Cup will be in 2023 and the team’s makeup will change by then.
“I feel a lot of pride for girls who will witness this grow up, recognizing their value rather than having to fight for it. However, my dad always told me that you don’t get rewarded for doing what you’re supposed to do – and that paying men and women equally is what you’re supposed to do, ‘ said Margaret Pierce, the American striker. “So I am not awarding any gold stars, but I am grateful for this achievement and for all the people who came together to make it happen.”
The men were playing under the terms of the CBA that expired in December 2018. The women’s CBA expired at the end of March, but talks continued after the federation and players agreed to settle a gender discrimination lawsuit brought by some players in 2019. The settlement was conditional on the federation reaching contracts. Work equal wages and rewards between the two teams.
Perhaps the biggest sticking point is the World Cup prize money, which depends on how far the team progresses in the tournament. While US women have succeeded on the international stage with back-to-back World Cup titles, differences in FIFA award money mean they have received significantly less than the men’s winners. American women received a $110,000 bounty for winning the 2019 World Cup; American men would have earned $407,000 if they had won in 2018.
Unions agreed to pool FIFA payments for the men’s World Cup later this year and the Women’s World Cup next year, as well as for the 2026 and 2027 tournaments.
Each player will receive a matching fee for appearing in a match, in what the US Soccer Federation said is making it the first association to raise FIFA prize money in this way.
“We saw it as an opportunity, an opportunity to be a leader on that front and join the women’s team and American football. So we’re just excited because that’s how we’ve been able to complete the US national football team,” said Walker Zimmerman, a defender who is part of the US National Team Players Association leadership group. Deal”.
The Women’s Federation forecasts that player compensation who was under contract to increase 34% from 2018 to this year, from $245,000 to $327,000. The average annual wage for 2023-28 will be $450,000 for a player who makes all the rosters, with the number potentially doubling in World Cup years depending on the results.
“I am proud of you for never giving up and I commend American football for agreeing to do the right thing,” President Joe Biden said on Twitter. “Let’s keep fighting to close the gender wage gap in every industry.”
The federation had previously based bonuses on payments from FIFA, which allocated $400 million for the 2018 men’s tournament, including $38 million for the French Championship, and $30 million for the 2019 women’s tournament, including $4 million for the United States Championship.
FIFA increased the total amount to $440 million for the 2022 Men’s World Cup, and its president, Gianni Infantino, suggested that FIFA double the women’s prize money to $60 million for the 2023 Women’s World Cup, as FIFA increased the number of teams. to 32.
For the current World Cup tournaments, the USSR would collect FIFA money, take a 10% discount on top and then divide the rest equally among the 46 players – 23 players on each team’s roster. For the 2026-27 cycle, the USSF reduction is up to 20% before the split.
After missing the 2018 World Cup, the men qualified for this year’s World Cup in Qatar starting in November. The women’s team will seek to qualify this year for the 2023 World Cup, hosted by Australia and New Zealand.
“There were moments when I thought everything was going to fall apart, and then it came back on, and it was real credit to all the different groups that came together, negotiating at the same table,” said FA president Cindy Barlow Kohn, a former national team. A player who became head of the governing body in 2020. “I think that’s where the tipping point really came. Previously, it was trying to negotiate a CBA with women and then going around and negotiating CBA terms with men and vice versa. I think the real tipping point was When we are finally in the same room sitting at the same table, we work together and collaborate to reach that goal.”
The women ended six years of equal pay litigation in February in a deal that called for the fund to pay $24 million, a deal conditional on new collective bargaining agreements being reached.
As part of the settlement, players will split $22 million, about a third of what they sought for damages. The USSR Football Association also approved the creation of a $2 million fund for players in their career after football and charitable efforts aimed at the development of women’s sports.
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