The US soccer team led by Megan Rapinoe have finally won their long-standing fight for equality. The US federation agreed with the associations of the men’s and women’s national teams on a collective agreement that guarantees all players the same pay.
This was announced by the US Soccer Association on Wednesday. The US players had already agreed with their association on the same payment in February after a long court dispute.
contract for six years
The new contracts run until 2028, covering the next four World Cups. The agreement not only guarantees equal salaries, in the future unequal payments by the world association FIFA are also to be combined and divided. This also applies to commercial income.
“This is a truly historic moment. These agreements forever changed the game here in the United States and have the potential to change the game around the world,” said US Soccer President Cindy Parlow. “No other country has ever done so.”
Women’s team more successful in sports
For the women’s team, whose World Cup prize money is only a fraction of the men’s prize money, the agreement means a potentially big windfall. Rapinoe and Co. won the title at the last two World Cups, the men did not qualify for the 2018 World Cup in Russia.
This was preceded by years of disputes and a lawsuit alleging gender discrimination. (AFP)