US Soccer, under the agreements, will become “the first federation in the world to match FIFA World Cup prize money” awarded to teams for participating in world cups.
“This is a truly historic moment,” U.S. Soccer President Cindy Parlow Cone said in a statement Wednesday. “These deals have changed the game forever here in the United States and have the potential to change the game around the world.”
Cone added: “US Soccer and the players of the USWNT and USMNT have reset their relationship with these new agreements and lead us into an incredibly exciting new phase of mutual growth and collaboration as we continue our mission to become the preeminent sport in the United States.”
As part of the agreement, US Soccer will share a portion of its “broadcast, partnership and sponsorship revenue with a 50/50 split of that share split equally between the USWNT and the USMNT.”
“They said equal pay for men and women was not possible, but that didn’t stop us and we went ahead and achieved it,” said Walker Zimmerman, a member of the USNSTPA executive group.
“We hope this will awaken others to the need for this kind of change and inspire FIFA and others around the world to move in the same direction,” Zimmerman added.
The agreement also encompasses other areas such as childcare, parental leave, short-term disability, mental health issues, travel and equal quality of venues and playing surfaces.
“We hope that this agreement and its historic achievements in not only ensuring equal pay, but also improving the training and playing environment for national team players, will also serve as a foundation for continued growth. women’s soccer in the United States and abroad,” said Becky Sauerbrunn, USWNT player and USWNTPA President.
Actress Jessica Chastain tweeted “Gooooooal!” after the announcement went public, mirroring the mood of many on social media.
As part of the deal, US Soccer paid $22 million to the players in the deal as well as an additional $2 million to an account “to benefit USWNT players in their post-career goals and their charitable efforts related to women’s and women’s football”. according to a joint statement from US Soccer and the USWNT.
Wednesday’s equal pay announcement comes six months before the USMNT takes part in the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, which begins on November 21.