US Soccer equal pay deal could ‘change the game globally’

The United States women’s team has won four World Cups. The best result of their male equivalents was third place in 1930.

A new equal pay deal between the US men’s and women’s teams has been hailed as potentially “changing the game around the world”.

US Soccer has announced that the teams will pool World Cup prize money, along with their share of television and sponsorship revenues.

“These agreements have changed the game forever in the United States,” said US Soccer President Cindy Parlow Cone.

“They have the potential to change the game around the world.”

Women’s squad players filed a discrimination lawsuit in 2019 and a settlement, which included a payment of $24 million (£17.7 million), it came to that earlier this year. US Soccer said the new deal was “a necessary and critical step toward resolution.”

“We now await final approval of the settlement by class members and the court,” he added.

Two-time World Cup winner USA Alex Morgan called the deal a “historic” moment.

US Soccer had previously said it was difficult to even out prize money between the two teams due to the significant difference in amounts paid by FIFA to the federations for the men’s and women’s tournaments.

“We hope that this deal and its landmark achievements will not only provide equal pay, but also improve the training and playing environment for women’s national team players, similarly serve as a foundation for the continued growth of women’s football in both the United States and abroad. said Becky Sauerbrunn, captain of the four-time World Cup winners.

The agreements, which run through the end of 2028, also ensure that the women’s team will play in venues of equal quality, stay in hotels of the same standard and receive the same number of charter flights to travel to the games.

As part of the deal, the men’s team will now receive childcare benefits, which the women’s team has had for more than 25 years.

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