The United States Women’s National soccer team have reached an agreement with governing body US Soccer on equal pay.
The players will receive $24 million (£17.7m) along with US Soccer pledging equal pay for both the men’s and women’s teams across all competitions, including the World Cup.
Alex Morgan, the two-time World Cup winner spoke to Good Morning America:
“It is an incredible day. This is just such a monumental step forward in feeling valued, feeling respected and just mending our relationship with US Soccer that’s really been full of tension. It’s great to take that step forward. I not only see this as a win for our team or women in sport but for women in general.”
USWNT member Megan Rapinoe also spoke on the monumental agreement:
“I think we’re going to look back on this day and say this is the moment that US Soccer changed for the better. Something like this is never going to happen again and we can move forward in making soccer the best sport we possibly can in this country and setting up the next generation so much better than we ever had it.”
It’s a deal that needed to get done, especially since USWNT won the Women’s World Cup Championship for the fourth time in 2019, and have also claimed Olympic gold five times.
All 28 of their team members previously took legal action against the US Soccer Federation (USSF) in 2019.
In 2016, Morgan, Rapinoe, Carli Lloyd, Becky Sauerbrunn, and Hope Solo initially filed a complaint against the national federation for wage discrimination.