After years of struggle, they have won their case. Players of the US national soccer team will soon be paid at the same level as their male counterparts. The US Soccer Federation has just reached an agreement with a group of players who had charged US Soccer with discrimination in 2019. A win for the players and “for women in general”, striker Alex Morgan hailed†
They’ve been asking for equal pay for too long. In 2019, the twenty-eight players of “Team USA” filed a class action lawsuit against their federation, US Soccer, to denounce its discriminatory policies. Despite 4 World Cup wins and as many Olympic medals, the women’s national team then pointed to differences in salaries and treatment with their male counterparts. After years of conflict, their struggle will finally be rewarded: The American Football Federation has committed to an agreement to pay the two national teams – men and women – on the same level, reports The HuffPost†
“US Soccer has committed to pay equal pay for the women’s and men’s national teams in all friendlies and tournaments, including the World Cup, from now on”detail the terms of the agreement between the federation and the players of “Team USA”, sent on Tuesday, February 22 to theMedia agency France†
The agreement is therefore intended to put an end to the lawsuits brought by the group of American players and concerns a total of $ 24 million, of which 22 million divided according to a mode proposed by the members of the women’s team.
“If we win, everyone wins”
For the players, this victory marks “a great day”, in the words of Megan Rapinoe, interviewed on the channel ABC† “If we win, everyone wins”applauded the star player of the American team on Twitter, just after the announcement of this agreement. “I don’t just see this as a win for our team or women’s sport, but for women in general”said striker Alex Morgan, also a guest on ABC†
Last September, U.S. soccer president Cindy Parlow Cone said she hoped to “harmonize” World Cup bonuses for the U.S. men’s and women’s teams. This issue of bonuses was a pivotal point in the dispute between the federation and the national team players, and rightly so. For example, American players, eliminated in the round of 16 in 2014, received 4.5 million euros against 1.45 million euros for American football players who had won their competition.
Before the United States, only England, Australia, Brazil, Finland, Norway, New Zealand, the Netherlands and Ireland have reached this equal pay milestone in football, it appears the Parisian†
This historic agreement may inspire other federations to work for equality between male and female players.