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The American Football Federation has taken a significant step forward in addressing equal pay issues for its national men’s and women’s teams.
The federation announced on Tuesday that it was offering the respective player unions of the men’s and women’s national teams the same contract proposals. This move aims to align the two senior national teams under a single collective agreement structure and, therefore, a compensation structure.
In a statement released Tuesday, US Soccer said it “firmly believes that the best way forward for everyone involved, and for the future of sport in the United States, is a single pay structure for both teams. senior nationals “.
Details of the contract proposal have not been released to the public. It will be up to the unions of the men’s and women’s national teams to accept the offer.
Player unions did not publicly comment on the federation’s announcement on Tuesday.
The announcement comes years after a major lawsuit by dozens of female players on the United States’ national women’s soccer team argued that female players were consistently paid less than their male counterparts, despite outperforming on the field. ground.
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 his 2019 World Cup tournament and win.
The majority of that lawsuit was dismissed last year, but some players on the women’s team have since appealed.
The federation added on Tuesday, in part, that the proposal will ensure that national team players “remain among the highest paid senior national team players in the world.”
The main salary differences persist
Another important compensation for footballers has yet to be settled, according to the federation.
The organization said it would not accept a new contract with the two teams unless the “important stage of the FIFA World Cup prize equalizer” is addressed.
FIFA, which hosts the World Cup, has offered $ 440 million in cash prizes to teams competing in the 2022 Men’s World Cup. That’s up from $ 400 million in 2018, according to ESPN. The proposed price for the 2023 Women’s World Cup is $ 60 million, an increase from $ 38 million in 2019.
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The United States National Football Team Players Association, which represents the players of the men’s team, operates under the terms of a contract that expired in 2018.
The US Women’s National Team Players Association contract expires at the end of this year.