U.S. Soccer: Identical contract proposals made to men and women

In a statement released on Tuesday, U.S. Soccer said it has offered players on the men's and women's national teams identical contract proposals.

It stated that they are offered with the goal of aligning the men’s and women’s teams under a single collective bargaining agreement structure. Details of the proposals were not released.

The move comes less than a week after U.S. Soccer president Cindy Parlow Cone said the labor issues that have been hanging over the federation in recent years can't be resolved without settling the differences in the amounts of bonuses paid out for play in the men's and women's World Cup.

U.S. Soccer's collective bargaining agreement with the U.S. National Soccer Team Players Association, which represents the men, expired at the end of 2018. The federation and men have been negotiating on the terms of a new agreement. The agreement with the U.S. Women's National Soccer Team Players Association expires at the end of the year.

If the players associations insist on continuing to negotiate separately, as they have to date, U.S. Soccer stated it will invite each group to sit in on the negotiations with the other group.

In her letter to the federation's membership, Parlow Cone asked the player associations to agree on equalizing FIFA's World Cup prize money.

FIFA awarded $400 million in prize money for the federations of the 32 teams at the 2018 men’s World Cup, including $38 million to the French federation for its team's championship in Russia. It awarded $30 million for the 24 teams at the 2019 Women’s World Cup, including $4 million to U.S. Soccer after the Americans won their second straight title.

The high percentages of prize moneys U.S. Soccer has paid out to the men and women and other compensation are such that the U.S. men’s and women’s teams are believed to be the two highest-compensated national teams in the world, reported the New York Times.
20 comments about "U.S. Soccer: Identical contract proposals made to men and women".
  1. Wayne Norris, September 15, 2021 at 6:03 a.m.

    Devil in details.....any solution that bleeds US Soccer is unacceptable. 



    I am fine with paying USWNT big $$ to blow out El Salvador ameratures if there is revenue created but going in Red making up WC Bonus delta should not happen

  2. humble 1, September 15, 2021 at 11:55 a.m.

    Not rocket science.  Please do fix this.  Most federations are run hand to mouth.  Ours became a mini kingdom with a bunch clowns that sat on $100M for a decade.  Did nothing for youth, coaches
    or referees.  Fix this WC pay issue, it is your albatross
    on the neck.  Put some renewed vigor and focus on the mission to serve youth, coaches and referees, the foundation and future of the sport.  

  3. Wayne Norris replied, September 15, 2021 at 1:56 p.m.

    If US Soccer hands over $38 million (or whatever the WC Delta is) to the USWNT every 4 years (assuming they win) the youth, coaches and referees among others will bear the brunt.

    now it might be every 2 years.....bankrupt!!

  4. Bob Ashpole replied, September 15, 2021 at 4:12 p.m.

    Humble, ditto.

    Although by law USSF is the regulating body for amateur soccer, they actually do nothing for amateur players other than support a pay-to-play system that exploits families and discriminates against those who don't live in the suburbs or can't afford to pay for competitive soccer.

  5. Bob Ashpole, September 15, 2021 at 4:12 p.m.

    Bravo, Cindy.

  6. R2 Dad, September 15, 2021 at 5:58 p.m.

    The United States Women's National Team Players Association (USWNTPA) apparently thinks this is a big scam, and is unhappy with the deal (according to another site). Not having read any of the documents, what might it be that is so unacceptable about Identical With The Men's Deal? Does this have anything to do with no longer guaranteeing any of the women's NWSL wages? 

  7. Bob Ashpole replied, September 15, 2021 at 6:57 p.m.

    USSF didn't guarantee NWSL wages. USSF contracted directly with players to play in the NWSL and paid them.

  8. Bob Ashpole replied, September 15, 2021 at 7:06 p.m.

    If you are referring to the ESPN article, it is rife with factual errors.

    The issue is whether the CBA offers are actually the same pay for substantially the same work. For instance, the offer cannot cover the NWSL club play for the women and still be identical with the men's offer. So the contracts for NWSL club play would need to be separate.

  9. Santiago 1314 replied, September 16, 2021 at 1:55 a.m.

    So Bob, The Women should get (2) Year Around Salaries.??? One from USSF  and One from NWSL(or Foreign Club) .... But the Men should Not get a Year Round Salary from USSF and from MLS(Foreign Club Team).??? (I don't see Pulisic giving up his Chelsea Contract for a USSF one.!?!?!?)
    What happened to Equal Contracts.???... The Only way to make it "Fair" is to Put ALL USSF Money in the same Pot and Divide it Up Equally... It has to be Done on a % Basis, Because their is Not a Fixed Revenue Stream from Year-To-Year

  10. Bob Ashpole replied, September 16, 2021 at 2:38 a.m.

    Santi, you are missing some important aspects of the EPA. 

    First, the USSF is not the mens club employer. Different employer than the women so club work is outside the scope of the EPA.

    Second, the comparison involves the same work. Playing for club is not the same work as playing for the nationoal team. The comparison in cases like this is done by comparing rates, typically the hourly wage paid. But professional soccer is not a typical industry. So the rates should probably be per piece of work. An appearance, a match, a training session, a travel day, etc.

  11. Santiago 1314 replied, September 18, 2021 at 1:10 a.m.

    Bob, You might want to ReThink that one....pr maybe i'm not getting your point....if USSF are NOT their Employer; Then who is writing the Bonus Check to the Men..???... It ain't Disney.!!!
    And if USSF is NOT the Employer of BOTH, then How could the Women be Suing USSF for UnEqual Pay in Comparison to the Men.???
    Club Contracts should have nothing to do with this.

  12. Bob Ashpole replied, September 18, 2021 at 4:24 a.m.

    Santi, the woman claim that USSF discriminates against female national team players in terms of both pay and working conditions compared to those for the male national team players. The women claim that male and female national team players are employees of USSF and that both national teams are the same establishment for purposes of the EPA. It is USSF that includes the women's club compensation in the comparisons. The club compensation should not be included in the comparison because USSF is not the club employer of the male national team players. Also because the NWSL clubs are not the same establishment as the men's club teams.

    I can't say it any plainer. The case is complicated, involves both Title VII and the Equal Pay Act, and is a class action on top of that.

  13. James Madison, September 15, 2021 at 7:32 p.m.

    US Soccer doesn't need to bleed to equalize women and men.  It can take sum of FIFA WCup money from men's and women's tournaments and divide it evenlyh between the men and the women.  

  14. Bob Ashpole replied, September 15, 2021 at 8:23 p.m.

    Personally I would rather they use FIFA prize money to support grassroots amateur soccer, and I don't mean pay-to-play.

  15. Santiago 1314, September 16, 2021 at 1:41 a.m.

    This is Sooooo Simple...I say give them EXACTLY THE SAME CONTRACT....$100.oo a game, $50 Bucks more if you Start, $25 if you Sub In... $10 Per Diem, (Just like the Old Days.!!!)....Throw in. "X" % of the Gate, TV, Shirt Sales....etc...etc...Done Deal....But that's Too Simple... And Takes away the Political Angle that is Driving some of the Ladies....We are about to see that this whole "Equal Pay" thing was a Smoke Screen... Used by a bunch of Old Players to Keep Locked into the Sweet Heart contract they Got...(USSF couldn't "Fire" them during the Law Suit, That would just Bring on more Litigation...When it comes to Crunch Time; The Men Won't actually give Up their % of WC Mens Revenue(Sounds Socialistic to take from the Money Makers and Give to the "Less Fortunate")...and the Women won't give up the Health Benefits, Child Care or Year-Round Salaries... USSF will be Sitting Pretty on another 100 million Slush Fund after WC 2026... Tell these Current Players they will get a "Pay Off" then, "Old Timers Yearly Stipend"... Like the NFL Does.

  16. Bob Ashpole replied, September 16, 2021 at 2:51 a.m.

    Interesting take. You apparently forgot that USSF did fire one of the named plaintiffs--Hope Solo.

    What worries me is that USSF may use the lawsuit as an excuse to stop subsidizing the NWSL, deflecting the blame to the players. It would not hurt the players, but it would hurt the national team program and betray the NSWL club owners and investors. Many of the players would go to European clubs.

  17. Santiago 1314 replied, September 17, 2021 at 6:29 p.m.

    Hope is Not Listed on the Mens Amicus... Is she on the Original Court Filing.???... who in the 773H is "MCCALL ZERBONI"???

  18. Bob Ashpole replied, September 17, 2021 at 7:40 p.m.

    Hope was one of the five named plaintiffs in the administrative proceeding before the EEOC filed in March 2016. Hope was fired later in 2016. The related district court complaint was filed in 2019.

  19. humble 1, September 16, 2021 at 2:09 p.m.

    It does seem clear that the treasure chest the WNT is after is a cut of the WC federation prize money for the men.  The problem is that if the association opts to share that with the women, it creates a precident, not just for the U.S., but for all of FIFA.  This is probably why they have gone to such lengths to avoid doing that.  Devil is in the details, but the 30K view is important too.  

  20. Bob Ashpole replied, September 16, 2021 at 3 p.m.

    Humble, you are seeing problems that don't exist.

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