CHICAGO – The U.S. Soccer Federation Tuesday offered identical contract proposals to the women’s and men’s players association, with the goal of aligning the men’s and women’s senior national teams under a single collective bargaining agreement structure.
These proposal were part of ongoing negotiations with the United States Women’s National Team Players Association (USWNTPA) and the United States National Soccer Team Players Association (USNSTPA).
In a press release, U.S. Soccer stated that it “firmly believes that the best path forward for all involved, and for the future of the sport in the United States, is a single pay structure for both senior national teams.”
“This proposal will ensure that USWNT and USMNT players remain among the highest paid senior national team players in the world, while providing a revenue sharing structure that would allow all parties to begin anew and share collectively in the opportunity that combined investment in the future of U.S. Soccer will deliver over the course of a new CBA,” the federation added.
the organization said that it had called upon the players and both players associations to join the federation in finding a way to equalize World Cup prize money between the USMNT and the USWNT. U.S. Soccer said that it will not agree to any collective bargaining agreement that does not take the important step of equalizing World Cup prize money.
“U.S. Soccer believes that the best way to achieve these important goals is by the women’s and men’s players associations coming together to negotiate one contract. However, if the Players Associations choose to continue to negotiate separately as they have to date, U.S. Soccer will invite the USWNTPA to sit in on the negotiations with the USNSTPA and vice versa, in the interest of full transparency,” the federation said in a statement.
The federation added that it “remains eager, ready and willing to meet with both players associations and the players as soon as possible and as often as needed, either separately or together, to get a deal done and focus on the future of soccer.”