U.S. Soccer, women's national team reach deal on a new five-year CBA

U.S. Soccer and the women’s national team have a new five-year collective bargaining agreement, the federation announced on Wednesday.

Here’s what to know.

The deal

The new deal, between U.S. Soccer and the U.S. Women’s National Team Players Association goes through 2021, carrying through the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup and the 2020 Olympics. 

“We are pleased to announce that U.S. Soccer and the U.S. Women’s National Team Players Association have ratified a new collective bargaining agreement which will continue to build the women’s program in the U.S, grow the game of soccer worldwide, and improve the professional lives of players on and off the field. We are proud of the hard work and commitment to thoughtful dialogue reflected through this process, and look forward to strengthening our partnership moving forward,” U.S. Soccer said in a statement.

Why was a new deal needed?

The last one had expired but was continuing to be used until a new deal was agreed upon. 

All of this comes after a busy 2016 which saw five USWNT stars accuse U.S. Soccer of wage discrimination after it was reported that the women’s team received $2 million for winning the last World Cup, while Germany got $35 million for beating Argentina in the men’s World Cup. In addition, the USWNT reportedly brought in almost $20 million more than the U.S. last year and were looking to get equal pay to that of the men for appearances, wins, etc. 

What does this give the women’s players?

According to SI, the CBA provides a big pay increase and bonus increases, enhanced benefits when it comes to travel and hotels, greater financial support for players who are pregnant and players adopting a child and more.

Obviously this is a big win for the women in their fight for equal compensation. By agreeing to the deal, they are certainly happy with the offer and can now move forward without this being a distraction. 

The USWNT returns to action on Thursday against Russia in a friendly at 8:30 p.m. ET.

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