The United States women’s soccer team, four-time world champions, also won the men’s World Cup.
Thanks to new working agreements with US Soccer that guarantee a distribution of prize money won by the country’s national teams, women will receive an equal share of prize money from the performance of American men in Qatar. How much money? At least $6 million to date, more than the combined prize money the women’s team has raked in for their 2019 World Cup win in France ($4 million prize) and 2015 title in Canada (2 millions of dollars).
In September, the women’s and men’s teams in the United States officially signed new collective agreements with historic terms: for the first time, US Soccer guaranteed that players will receive equal pay for participating in international matches and competitions, which which had been one of the most controversial issues. facing the teams and the federation in recent years.
It means the women’s national team will also benefit from the men’s advancement to the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, in numbers that a spokesperson for the women’s team said the players are still digesting – but which have gave the women’s team and its predecessors a sense of accomplishment and advancement in a decades-long quest for fairness in sport.
“Women have done their job – four World Cups, four Olympic gold medals – to bring great visibility, and I mean great visibility, to the sport of football in this country, which has needed it for a long time,” said Briana Scurry, goalkeeper for the 1999 World Cup-winning USA team. “Now the men, again, it’s their turn and they’re showing unbelievably well.”
FIFA previously announced that the total World Cup prize pool in Qatar would be $440 million, including $42 million for the winning team. To reach the knockout stage of the tournament, after a tense 1-0 win over Iran, the team would need to earn at least $13 million. A win over the Netherlands on Saturday could take that figure to at least $17 million.
Under the new agreements, 90% of World Cup prize money will be pooled and shared equally between players on the 2022 Men’s World Cup roster and the 2023 Women’s World Cup roster , in a historic move that is unique only to the United States among the best. footballing nations.
The sharing is reciprocal: when the women defend their World Cup title at the 2023 Women’s World Cup in Australia and New Zealand, all winnings will be shared with the men’s team.
“These agreements have changed the game forever here in the United States and have the potential to change the game around the world,” US Soccer President Cindy Parlow Cone said in a statement when the agreements were reached in may.