WHAT THE NEW U.S. SOCCER CBA MEANS FOR EVERYONE INVOLVED
For more than three decades, the Americans have been the global standard-bearer of women’s soccer, if not all of women’s sports.To get more news about bongda24h, you can visit 24h.live official website.
Their sustained dominance at the international level — four World Cup titles, including the inaugural event in 1991; the watershed 1999 triumph at a sold-out Rose Bowl; back-to-back wins at the past two tournaments; four Olympic gold medals since 1996 — has captured the imagination of mainstream sports fans in the United States.
Over time, that gave the USWNT the leverage they needed to force the federation to devote even more resources to both the team and the women’s game in the U.S. at large.I’ve been in this equal pay fight for over 20 years, first as a player and now at U.S. Soccer," current USSF president and former USWNT player Cindy Cone said. "I want to give a lot of credit to both the men’s and women’s teams and their [players' associations]. This wouldn’t have been possible if we weren’t able to get all three groups at the table.
"This is just a really historic moment that will hopefully lead to meaningful changes and progress not only here at home in the U.S. but around the world. And I think this will not only impact soccer, but it will impact sport in general, as well as society."
The USWNT’s previous CBA, which was ratified in 2017, ensured that the women would finally be on even footing with the men when it came to things like hotel accommodations and travel. It also included things the men, who earn the bulk of their income from their clubs, didn’t get, such as guaranteed base salaries.What it didn’t do was equalize the World Cup prize money paid by FIFA. The USSF long contended that it didn’t control those funds and that its hands were tied. But the women didn’t relent and sued the federation on the eve of the 2019 World Cup in France. Most of their case was dismissed by a federal judge a year later, but they won in the court of public opinion. That, along with the support from the USMNT, ultimately led to the USSF changing its position on the FIFA cash.
Still, the USWNT had to give to get. While the new CBA does ensure that the team will share "an equal percentage of the collective prize money paid by FIFA for the teams’ participation and performance in their respective World Cups" through 2027, according to the official press release, U.S. Soccer will no longer pay the women’s players a salary. Other key aspects in the agreement include benefits for both teams, including a 401K and childcare (the women have had parental benefits at national team training camps and matches in the past, and now the men will, too), fair working conditions (gone are the days of the women playing on artificial turf) and similar travel budgets (equal number of charter flights and hotel accommodations). U.S. Soccer will also share a portion of its commercial revenues from broadcast rights, corporate sponsorships, ticket sales, etc.
While there were plenty of contributing factors, the U.S. men played a huge role in getting this deal done. U.S. Soccer faced a unique moment in time when the men’s contract was up and the women’s contract was up for renewal. This presented an opportunity to get everybody in the same room and both CBAs on the same timeline, which had never happened in the past.
"This advancement doesn’t happen without the men championing this," Cone said. "I just felt like that was really important, and I don’t want that to be understated because they were true champions and worked through this. It’s not easy to give up the money they are giving up and to know it’s the right thing to do and then step up and do it. I think they should be applauded."
Now the USWNT players have the ability to make more money, while the USMNT could make less. The men could’ve gone their own way following the 2020 ruling in favor of U.S. Soccer, so why stay engaged and agree to this deal?
"We saw there was not going to be a way forward to a deal without equalization of World Cup prize money," said defender and USMNT players' association leadership group member Walker Zimmerman. "We looked at the numbers, and we recognized that, you know, sure, there was a potential chance of making less money, no doubt about it. But we also believe so much in the women’s team. We believe in the whole premise of equal pay, and ultimately that was a big driving force for us. To do something historic, do something that no other team had done before and really try to do this together."