US women players sue US Soccer for $24 million

Women’s soccer players have reached a historic agreement with the sport’s US governing body to end a six-year legal battle over equal pay, a deal that promised $24 million plus bonuses commensurate with men’s pay.

The US Soccer and Women’s Association announced a deal on Tuesday that would split the players into $22 million, about a third of what they sought for damages. The USSR Football Association also approved the creation of a fund in the amount of $ 2 million for the benefit of players in their career after football and charitable efforts aimed at the development of women’s sports.

The Soviet Football Union committed itself to providing an equal rate of wages to women’s and men’s national teams – including World Cup bonuses – according to collective bargaining agreements with unions representing women and men separately.

“For our generation, knowing we’re going to leave the game in a much better place than it was when we found it all,” said 36-year-old midfielder Megan Rapinoe, during a phone interview with The Associated Press. “That’s it because, frankly, there is no justice in all of this if we don’t make sure it doesn’t happen again.”

The settlement was a victory for the players, who encouraged the crowd to chant “Equal Pay!” When they won their second consecutive title in France in 2019. It was a success for USA FA President, Cindy Barlow Cohn, a former player who took over the FA President in March 2020.

Kuhn replaced Carlos Cordero, who resigned after the federation filed a legal claim that women had less physical ability and responsibility than their male counterparts.

“This is just one step towards rebuilding the relationship with the women’s team. I think this is a great achievement and I am excited about the future and working with them,” said Kuhn. “We can now shift the focus to other things and, most importantly, grow the game at all levels and increase opportunities for girls and women.” .”

American women have won four World Cups since the program began in 1985, while men have not reached the semi-finals since 1930.