Equal Pay: U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team Will Rake in Half of the Men’s Team’s World Cup Winnings


    The U.S. Women's National Soccer Team (USWNT) will make millions of dollars, thanks to their recent profit-sharing deal, as the U.S. Men’s National Soccer Team (USMNT) continues to make good progress in the World Cup 2022.

    Due to last year’s collective-bargaining agreement, the USWNT will make more through their share of the men's prizes than they did through winning the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup.

    The female soccer players each received a $110,000 bonus as winners of the 2019 World Cup. And $30 million went to women's teams that year. In contrast, this year, FIFA (Fédération Internationale de Football Association) will award $440 million in prize money for the Men's World Cup.

    Tuesday's 1-0 victory for the U.S. against Iran during the Men’s World Cup will net both the male and female players $380,000 each from the $6.5-million prize money. If the USMNT takes the top spot in the contest, even more money will pour in for the women, according to the Associated Press.

    The two teams have signed an agreement allowing them to receive equal shares of each other's World Cup purses through 2028, the New York Post reported.

    The U.S. Women's National Soccer Team sued the U.S. Soccer Federation (USSF) claiming gender discrimination against women after arguing for equal pay to no avail. The lawsuit was settled for $24 million in 2019. The suit also led to the pay-sharing agreement currently in force.


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