The US men’s and women’s national soccer teams will receive equal pay under a landmark collective bargaining agreement.
This was disclosed by the US Soccer Federation on Wednesday.
“This is a truly historic moment. These agreements have changed the game forever here in the United States and have the potential to change the game around the world,” said US Soccer president Cindy Parlow Cone.
Under the terms, World Cup Prize money will be pooled between the men’s and women’s teams and split equally among all players — a first in the soccer federation world.
The U.S. Women’s National Team has dominated the soccer world, winning four FIFA Women’s World Cup titles since the competition’s founding in 1991, all while fighting for equitable pay.
Recall that at the 2020 World Cup in France, chants of “Equal Pay!” reverberated in the stands in support.
“I am feeling extreme pride,” U.S. Women’s National Team defender Becky Sauerbrunn said Wednesday on NBC’s TODAY” show.
“To be able to say finally, equal pay for equal work feels very, very good,” she said.