USA agrees equal pay for men and women national team players

USA agrees equal pay for men and women national team players

The U.S. Soccer Federation and the players associations for the USMNT has announced that they have agreed to a historic collective bargaining agreement that achieves equal pay for players on both senior national teams.

The two collective bargaining agreements run through 2028, which will encompass the 2022 and 2026 World Cups for the men and the 2023 and 2027 World Cups for the women.


The economic terms include identical compensation for all competitions the two teams play, including the World Cups, and they ensure that the players are among the highest paid in the world. U.S. Soccer becomes the first federation to distribute World Cup prize money equally between their men’s and women’s national teams.


The collective bargaining agreements focus on four areas: equalization of World Cup prize money, identical appearance fees and game bonuses, having the same playing surfaces and training facilities, and sharing a ticketing framework. The USWNT and USMNT will be paid identical appearance fees and game bonuses. Players not on the game roster will earn an appearance fee for participating in camp.


They will also get similar bonuses for performance in tournaments. For the World Cups, they will pool and share prize money from the 2022 Men’s World Cup and the 2023 Women’s World Cup, being paid an equal percentage. They will do it again for the 2026 Men’s World Cup and the 2027 Women’s World Cup.

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