Story at a glance:

  • The U.S. Soccer Federation could make equal pay a reality.
  • The USSF has no obligation to negotiate with an equal contract.
  • The women's team has sued in the past and lost due to their base salary being better than the men’s team.

Equal pay in the U.S. Soccer Federation (USSF) could be a reality after the league said it drafted identical contract proposals to the players’ associations for men’s and women’s national teams.

In addition to the new and identical contracts, the governing body of the USSF said that it will refuse World Cup prize money if it is not equal, The Guardian reported.


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It is worth noting that the USSF has no obligation to negotiate with an equal contract, but because the men’s contract expired in December 2018 and the women’s agreement will continue throughout December, now was the opportunity to sort out equality.

“US Soccer firmly believes that the best path forward for all involved, and for the future of the sport in the United States, is a single pay structure for both senior national teams,” the USSF said in a statement. “This proposal will ensure that USWNT and USMNT players remain among the highest-paid senior national team players in the world, while providing a revenue sharing structure that would allow all parties to begin anew and share collectively in the opportunity that combined investment in the future of US Soccer will deliver.”

In May 2020, the women’s team had its lawsuit for equal pay dismissed by a judge, with an appeal pending, the BBC reported. 

On Sept. 10, USSF president Cindy Parlow Cone said that "the massive discrepancy" in World Cup prize money is "by far the most challenging issue" in the negotiations with the team.

The women's team lawsuit led by Alex Morgan in 2019 was filed by 28 women's national team players seeking $66 million in damages under the Equal Pay Act, including interest.


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Published on Sep 15, 2021