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US Soccer agrees to equal pay deal





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The United States Soccer Federation (USSF), the United States Womenโ€™s National Team Players Association (USWNTPA) and the United States National Soccer Team Players Association (USNSTPA) have agreed to a deal that achieves โ€œequal pay and set the global standard moving forward in international soccer.โ€

US Soccer, under the agreements, will become โ€œthe first Federation in the world to equalize FIFA World Cup prize moneyโ€ awarded to the teams for participating in World Cups.

โ€œThis is a truly historic moment,โ€ said US Soccer President Cindy Parlow Cone in a statement on Wednesday. โ€œThese agreements have changed the game forever here in the United States and have the potential to change the game around the world.โ€

Cone added: โ€œU.S. Soccer and the USWNT and USMNT players have reset their relationship with these new agreements and are leading us forward to an incredibly exciting new phase of mutual growth and collaboration as we continue our mission to become the preeminent sport in the United States.โ€

As part of the agreement, US Soccer will share a portion of its โ€œbroadcast, partner and sponsorship revenue with a 50/50 split of that share divided equally between USWNT and USMNT.โ€

โ€œThey said equal pay for men and women was not possible, but that did not stop us and we went ahead and achieved it,โ€ said Walker Zimmerman, member of the USNSTPA leadership group.

โ€œWe hope this will awaken others to the need for this type of change, and will inspire FIFA and others around the world to move in the same direction,โ€ added Zimmerman.

The deal also encompasses other areas such child care, parental leave, short-term disability, mental health impairment, travel and equal quality of venues and field playing surfaces.

โ€œWe hope that this agreement and its historic achievements in not only providing for equal pay but also in improving the training and playing environment for National Team players will similarly serve as the foundation for continued growth of womenโ€™s soccer both in the United States and abroad,โ€ said USWNT player and USWNTPA President Becky Sauerbrunn.

Actress Jessica Chastain tweeted โ€œGooooooal!โ€ after the announcement was made public, reflecting the mood of many on social media.



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