The USWNT and USMNT are also currently negotiating a new CBA, with the men’s term already expired and the women’s expiring on December 31.
state of play: The US Soccer Federation announced in September that it had offered both teams same offer In an effort to align them under one CBA. The complicated thing is that men and women have long had different preferences.
- Men make most of their money from club football, so their most recent CBA has focused on high match fees and bonuses (aka “pay-to-play”).
- Women — who earn little as professionals — aspire to greater financial security, so their current CBAs have higher guaranteed salaries and more benefits.
Between the lines: While US Soccer can decide how money is awarded to its national teams, it has no control over the elephant in the room: FIFA’s World Cup prize money, which differs greatly for men and women.
- The French football federation was paid $38 million out of a $400 million prize pool when its men’s team won the 2018 World Cup.
- A year after the USWNT won the Women’s World Cup, US Soccer was paid $4 million from the $30 million pot.
Background: In addition to World Cup prize money, the USWNT’s equal pay lawsuit also hangs on negotiations.
- The players sued US Soccer in March 2019, arguing that they were not paid equally than the men, and seeking more than $64 million in damages.
- a federal judge Salary claim rejected In May 2020, the ruling women rejected the same pay-to-play structure as men that they received (higher base pay, etc.).
- US Soccer claims women were actually paid more compared to men from 2010-18. Of course, that’s because the women won two World Cups, while the men won a game in 2014 and missed 2018 entirely.
What will happen next: USWNT players have appealed the decision, and the three-judge panel is likely to hear oral arguments in the coming months.
Bottom-line: US Soccer is negotiating its future while battling its past in court.
This story is part of a special report on the state of American women’s football. It first appeared on Nerdshala Sports. (Register here.)
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