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Footballers’ pay: agreement reached to ensure international men and women earn the same salary in the United States |  American News


US soccer authorities must pay their men and women equally for international competitions, including at their respective World Cups.

The United States Soccer Federation said Wednesday it would create a prize-sharing mechanism.

Under the agreements, which run until 2028, US Soccer becomes the first federation in the world to award equal prize money from Fifa World Cups for women’s and men’s teams.

President of American Football, Cindy Parlow Cone, said in a statement on the federation’s website: “This is a truly historic moment. These agreements have changed the game forever here in the world. United States and have the potential to change the game around the world.”

USA striker Margaret Purce added: “I feel a lot of pride for the girls who are going to see this grow and recognize their worth rather than having to fight for it.

“However, my father always told me that you weren’t rewarded for doing what you were supposed to do – and paying men and women equally is what you were supposed to do.

“So I’m not giving gold stars, but I’m grateful for this accomplishment and for all the people who came together to make it happen.”

Under the agreement, each player will receive an appearance fee corresponding to the game – although in general, worldwide, men are paid many times what women can earn.

Previously, American players received bonuses based on payments to the American Football Association FIFA, which earmarked a total of $400 million for the 2018 men’s tournament, including $38 million for the French champion. and a total of $30 million for the 2019 women’s tournament, including $4 million to the champion, which on this occasion was the United States.

How did the respective teams fare?

Apart from 2002 (Japan) and 1930 (Uruguay), the men’s team has not made it past the round of 16 and has failed many times, including 2018.

The women’s team, however, is considered one of the best in the world, having won the Women’s World Cup four times, finishing second once and third three times since its inception in 1991.

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For the 2022 World Cup, FIFA has increased the total prize money to $440 million, and its president, Gianni Infantino, has proposed that FIFA double the women’s prize money to $60 million for the 2023 Women’s World Cup, which now has 32 teams, up from 16.

The men qualified for this year’s World Cup in Qatar in November. The women’s team will be looking to qualify for the next Women’s World Cup this year, which will take place in Australia and New Zealand in 2023.

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The United States men failed to qualify for the 2018 World Cup, the year before the women’s team won the event. Photo: AP

Childcare arrangements extended to men

Also under the agreement, childcare, which has already been covered for women for more than 25 years, will be extended to men during training camps and national team matches.

The agreement also guarantees the sharing of American football’s commercial revenue from events and aims to improve player health and safety, data privacy and allows players to balance responsibilities to club and country, said the Federation.

The players’ union in the United States had sued for a pay rise, seeking at least $24 million, but ended its suit in February.

Mark Levinstein, a lawyer for the men’s union, said the agreement ended “more than 20 years of federation discrimination against USWNT players”.

“With the USWNTPA, USMNT players have achieved what everyone said was impossible,” he added.

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