U.S. Soccer equal pay for Men's and Woman's teams



May 13, 2021
Source: https://www.npr.org/2021/09/15/1037237343/u-s-soccer-offers-mens-womens-teams-identical-contracts

"The U.S. Soccer Federation took a major step regarding equal pay concerns for its men's and women's national teams.

The federation announced Tuesday that it's offering the respective players' unions for the men's and women's national teams the same contract proposals. The decision reflects an effort to align the two senior national teams under a single collective bargaining agreement structure — and pay structure.

In a statement Tuesday, U.S. Soccer said it "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 specifics of the contract proposal were not shared with the public. It will be up to the unions for the men's and women's national teams to accept the offer.

The players unions didn't publicly comment on the federation's announcement Tuesday.

Some players filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California in March 2019, months after the U.S. men's soccer team failed to qualify for the World Cup in 2018. The women's team went on to dominate its 2019 World Cup tournament and win.

This announcement comes years after a major lawsuit by dozens of players for the U.S. Women's National Soccer team argued that female players have been consistently paid less than their male counterparts, despite superior performance on the field.

A majority of that lawsuit was thrown out last year, but some of the players on the women's team have since appealed.

The federation went on to say Tuesday, in part, that the proposal will ensure that players for the national teams "remain among the highest paid senior national team players in the world.""