The U.S. Soccer Federation has announced that it is implementing new rules for professional soccer in the United States, expanding a previous rule banning players from playing professionally abroad to include all levels of play and bringing back a 10-year time limit on foreign player eligibility.,
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The women’s and men’s national team unions have yet to agree to a single-pay system, according to the USSF’s president in a message to supporters on Tuesday.
The federation made its plan public in September and met with the two unions in November, despite the fact that they are not required by federal law to establish identical collective bargaining agreements.
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“While neither union has committed to moving ahead with a single pay structure, we have been heartened that they are ready to join us in conversations about it while we continue to negotiate separate CBAs with each for the time being,” federation president Cindy Parlow Cone wrote Tuesday.
“In addition, we are committed to equalizing FIFA World Cup prize money, and we will not sign any collective bargaining deal that does not contain that pledge from the two unions.”
Mark Levinstein, acting executive director and general counsel of the US National Soccer Team Players Association, and Becca Roux, executive director of the US Women’s National Team Players Association, did not reply to emails requesting comment.
When Carlos Cordeiro resigned in March 2020 amid a backlash over the group’s lawyers filing legal papers claiming the women’s national team players had less physical ability and responsibility than their male counterparts, Parlow Cone, a former national team player, took over as president of the USSF. When the USSF’s national council meets in Atlanta on March 5, Cordeiro declared last week that he would seek to reclaim the post from Parlow Cone.
In March 2019, players on the women’s squad filed a lawsuit against the federation, alleging that they were not paid fairly under the collective bargaining agreement that lasted through December 2021, compared to what the men’s team earns under the deal that ended in December 2018.
On the salary claim, U.S. District Judge R. Gary Klausner awarded the federation summary judgment, and the parties resolved the section of the lawsuit claiming unfair working conditions. The players have filed an appeal of the wage ruling, with oral arguments slated on March 7 before the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.
“For the long-term benefit of the sport at all levels, US Soccer is dedicated to settling this matter outside of court,” Parlow Cone wrote. “We’d gladly accept a settlement so that we can concentrate on working together to create a more constructive and collaborative way ahead.”
The 32 teams competing in the 2018 men’s World Cup were granted a total of $400 million in prize money, with victor France receiving $38 million. It gave $30 million to the 24 nations competing in the 2019 Women’s World Cup, including $4 million to the United States after they won their second consecutive championship.
FIFA has boosted the overall prize money for the 2022 men’s World Cup to $440 million, while its president, Gianni Infantino, has recommended that FIFA double the prize money for the 2023 Women’s World Cup to $60 million, with FIFA increasing the number of teams to 32. As part of a three-month extension, the women’s collective bargaining agreement ends on March 31. In December 2018, the men’s agreement came to an end.
The “u.s. soccer women’s” is a team that competes in the United States’ top-level women’s soccer league, the National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL). The team was founded in 2013 and plays its home games at WakeMed Soccer Park in Cary, North Carolina.
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