US Soccer’s Equal Pay and Bonus-Sharing Deal: How It Will Work

The new collective bargaining agreements approved this week by the United States Soccer Federation and its men’s and women’s national teams will, at last, bring an end to a decades-long, emotionally exhausting and wildly expensive fight over equal pay.

For the first time, the women’s team, which has won the last two Women’s World Cups and four overall, will be paid at the same rate for game appearances and tournament victories as the men’s team, which has historically (and persistently) failed to even sniff that kind of success.

The new contracts also include an unprecedented redistribution of the millions of dollars in World Cup prize money the men’s and women’s teams

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