U.S. Soccer and the USWNTPA have agreed to negotiate past the (extended) expiration of their collective bargaining agreement on Thursday in an effort to reach a deal.
The $24 million settlement of the equal pay lawsuit originally filed by members of the women's national team in 2019 was made contingent on a new CBA
The federation has recently been negotiating with men's and women's representatives. The women's deal was originally set to expire Dec. 31. The men's agreement expired on Dec. 31, 2018. Both teams are playing under the terms of their expiring agreements.
U.S. Soccer statement:
“Over the past two weeks, U.S. Soccer and representatives from the players’ associations for our U.S. men’s and women’s senior national teams have been in all-day collective bargaining sessions. These positive, constructive meetings were held in-person in Chicago and Washington, D.C. The discussions, which have included equalizing FIFA World Cup prize money and a first-ever framework for revenue sharing as part of each respective labor agreement, are complex and require significant due diligence from all parties. Nevertheless, we feel we are closer to reaching agreements on these issues than ever before.
"Our Players remain committed to bargaining in good faith towards a new and historic collective bargaining agreement with equality and fairness at its core. Recent meetings between the Federation and the USWNT Players Association have been productive, and we look forward to continued negotiations in April with an eye towards reaching agreement as soon as possible. In the meantime, the Players Association is excited to watch the Players take the field for the two April friendlies. We remain hopeful that the parties can reach the right agreement and encourage US Soccer to continue its progress into a new era."