Learn English with the News – US Soccer Offers Identical Contracts to Men’s and Women’s Teams

Women have often received less money compared to men for an equal amount of work. US Soccer promises to change it, but the women’s team remains skeptical. The women’s team has won more championships than the men’s team, but continue to receive less money.

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The US Soccer Federation (USSF) has stated that it will offer identical contracts to its men’s and women’s national teams in an attempt to resolve its gender pay dispute following a lawsuit in May 2020.

The lawsuit from the women’s team , seeking $66m in damages under the Equal Pay Act, was originally dismissed by a judge, pending a further appeal.

But why is there a pay gap? The United States won the Women’s World Cup for the fourth time in 2019 and the Olympic gold medal five times. The men’s team failed to qualify for the 2018 World Cup.

Prize money at the 2018 men’s World Cup totalled $400m, with winners France receiving $38m while the prize fund for the 2019 Women’s World Cup was $30m, with the winning US team taking home $4m. This discrepancy is seen as the biggest challenge to overcome in negotiations.

However, the men’s and women’s unions are completely separate. The unions have no obligation to bargain jointly or agree to similar terms under US law. If either party does not agree to a new deal, US Soccer says it will invite each union to sit in on negotiations. The USSF states that it will not accept a collective bargaining agreement that does not seek to equalize the FIFA World Cup prize money. The women’s team, however, remains skeptical.

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