The unions for the United States men’s and women’s national soccer teams have ratified new collective bargaining agreements with U.S. Soccer that include an equal split of World Cup bonuses, the federation and the two unions announced on Wednesday.
The two CBAs will go into effect on June 1 and will last until the end of 2028. The U.S. National Soccer Team Players Association (USNSTPA), which represented the men’s players, had been operating without a CBA since the end of 2018. The deal for the U.S. Women’s National Team Players Association (USWNTPA) expired at the end of 2021, though it had been extended.
The agreements are a promise kept by U.S. Soccer Federation president Cindy Parlow Cone, who had vowed that new CBAs would need to address the equal pay issue of World Cup bonuses. The CBAs also put into effect the much-celebrated financial settlement between the USWNT and the federation, which was announced in February after years of legal jostling.
“I’ve been saying it for a long time. I wanted to lead on this. I wanted U.S. Soccer to lead on this,” Cone told ESPN via a video call. “But we couldn’t do it alone. We needed both the men’s players and the men’s [union] and the women’s players and the women’s [union] to come together in one room to negotiate a contract.
“And I’ll be honest, there were days that I didn’t think we were going to get it across the line. But we are here, and I’m just so incredibly proud of what we have accomplished and what it is going to mean, not only for the game here in the U.S. but globally.”
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SOURCE: ESPN, Jeff Carlisle