The US men’s and women’s national soccer teams are yet to settle on adhering to a single pay structure, a proposed change by the US Soccer Federation in September 2019 in the wake of lawsuits by women’s team players.
The lawsuit alleges that the women’s team’s players were not paid equally under its collective bargaining agreement (CBA), which lasted until December 2021, that the men’s team were paid under the CBA. , which expired in December 2018.
The two unions are not required to reach equal collective bargaining agreements under federal law for the men’s and women’s teams. But the federation offered similar contract offers in September “with the goal of aligning the two teams under a Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) structure,” federation president Cindy Parlow Coen wrote in a statement. Letter Tuesday.
“While we have not received a commitment from any union to move forward with a single pay structure, we are encouraged that they are willing to join the discussion about that possibility as we are currently working with each individual CBA. Let’s continue the conversation.” according to the letter.
“Furthermore, we are still focused on taking important steps to equalize FIFA World Cup prize money, and will not agree to any collective bargaining agreement that does not include the commitment of the two associations.”
The federation met jointly with both unions in November and said it had agreed to extend the CBA negotiation window until the end of March this year.
“We believe that this development reflects our collective ability to work together and the urgency of both sides to reach a new agreement,” the letter read.
Becca Roux, executive director of the US Women’s National Team Players Association, and Mark Levinstein, executive director and general counsel for the US National Soccer Team Players Association, did not respond to emails seeking comment.
Former national team player Parlo Cone became USSF president in March 2020, when Carlos Cordeiro quit amid a backlash by the group’s lawyers to a filing of legal papers that claimed that women’s national team players had more than their male counterparts. had less physical capacity and responsibility.
Cordeiro announced last week that he is running for the job from Parlo Cone at the USSF’s National Council meeting in Atlanta on March 5.
Players from the women’s team sued the federation in March 2019, claiming they were not paid equitably under a collective bargaining agreement that ran until December 2021, with the men’s team stipulating an agreement that expired in December 2018. was received under
US District Judge R. Gary Klausner gave the Federation a brief ruling on the wage claim and settled part of the lawsuit by the parties alleging discriminatory working conditions.
The players have appealed against the pay decision, and oral arguments are scheduled for March 7 before the 9th US Circuit Court of Appeals.
“US Soccer is committed to solving this matter out of court for the long-term benefit of the sport at all levels,” wrote Parlo Cone. “We will happily agree to the settlement so that we can focus on working together to pursue a more positive and collaborative path.”
FIFA awarded $400 million in prize money to 32 teams at the 2018 Men’s World Cup, including $38 million to champions France. It awarded $30 million to the 24 teams at the 2019 Women’s World Cup, including $4 million to the US after the Americans won their second straight title.
FIFA has raised a total of $440 million for the 2022 Men’s World Cup, and its president, Gianni Infantino, has proposed doubling the women’s prize money to $60 million for the 2023 Women’s World Cup, in which FIFA won The teams have been increased to 32.
The women’s collective bargaining agreement expires on March 31 as part of a three-month extension. The men’s agreement expired in December 2018.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.