U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team: A Win for Gender Equality


The U.S. Women’s National Team Players Association (USWNTPA) has ratified a new collective bargaining agreement (CBA) with U.S. Soccer—the sport’s American governing body—securing among the new benefits, higher pay and better travel conditions.

Five-Year Labor Deal Includes:

  • Increased direct and bonus compensation for national team players
  • Per diems equal to that of the men’s national team
  • Better traveling benefits
  • Improved financial support for players who are pregnant or adopting
  • The USWNTPA gains licensing and sponsorship rights
  • S. Soccer will commit to pay the NWSL salaries of national players allocated to the league
  • National team players will commit to playing in the NWSL
  • Required improvements in NWSL standards

In a joint statement with the national team, U.S. Soccer stated, “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.”

The new CBA is an influential contributor to the success of women’s soccer in the U.S. and women’s sports around the world. With the U.S. Women’s National Team’s success, women athletes everywhere can feel empowered in demanding equal pay and treatment they deserve. This is a win across industries for women and girls, a powerful example of gender equality.

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