The U.S. Soccer Federation pledged to pay the women’s national team at the same level as the men’s team in an agreement with a group of players, including star Megan Rapinoe, who had sued. “US Soccer has committed to pay equal pay from now for the women’s and men’s national teams in all friendlies and tournaments, including the World Cup”detail the terms of the agreement between the two parties, sent this Tuesday, February 22 to AFP.
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Twenty-eight players from the United States women’s national team, world champion in France in 2019, had filed a collective action supported by their male counterparts against the discriminatory policy of the American Football Federation. “When we win, everyone wins”applauded American football star Megan Rapinoe on Twitter, following the announcement of the agreement.
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The agreement should put an end to the lawsuits initiated by this group of players and concerns a total of 24 million dollars, of which 22 million distributed according to a mode proposed by the players of the women’s national team.
“A monumental step”
“Obviously we cannot go back and erase the injustices we have faced, but it shows that it can never happen again”also said Megan Rapinoe on the ABC channel, welcoming ” A great day “. Also interviewed on ABC and appearing alongside US Soccer President Cindy Parlow Cone (a former international herself), striker Alex Morgan claimed the deal was a win for all parties.
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“It’s a monumental step forward that makes us feel valued, respected, and repairs our relationship with US Soccer.”said the player with 190 selections. “I don’t just see this as a victory for our team or women’s sport, but for women in general”also supported Alex Morgan.
The application of the terms of the agreement will depend on the ratification of a collective agreement between the players of the national team and the federation. Once this collective agreement is ratified and the agreement approved by a court, the lawsuits will be extinguished.
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The hope of a harmonization of premiums
US Soccer president Cindy Parlow Cone said in September she hoped “harmonize” the bonuses linked to the World Cup for the American men’s and women’s teams, in order to settle the dispute between the body and the players of the national team.
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The question of these bonuses was an important part of the lawsuit brought by the American women’s team in 2019, and notably brought by Megan Rapinoe, accusing the federation of “stubbornly refuse” to pay its players fairly. FIFA, for example, granted a bonus of more than 32 million euros to France during their planetary success in 2018 among men, while only 3.4 million euros were paid to the Americans during their world title. of 2019. And the American players, eliminated in the round of 16 in 2014, had received 4.5 million euros while their female counterparts had only received 1.45 million for winning their competition.
With four World Cup victories and as many gold medals at the Olympic Games, the United States women’s national soccer team is the most successful in the history of women’s sport.