Women’s Soccer CBA Talks to Continue After Missed Deadline

The U.S. Soccer Federation and the U.S. National Women’s National Team Players Association failed to meet a March 31 deadline to reach a new collective bargaining agreement. The parties need to reach a new agreement that equalizes pay between female and male soccer players, to finalize a $24 million equal pay settlement, in order to end a long-running gender discrimination claim. March 31 was the expiration date of their last collective bargaining agreement, although its terms will remain in effect until the parties reach another agreement.

U.S. Soccer reported that the two sides have been unable to resolve some details that are crucial to the agreement. The disputed issues include equalizing disparate prize payouts from FIFA and sharing revenue with the men’s national team. As a result, the two sides have agreed to extend their negotiations into April to reach an agreement.

The $24 million equal pay settlement, which the women’s national team association reached with U.S Soccer in February, just weeks before hearings began in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit, is contingent on a new collective bargaining agreement. The settlement includes $22 million in back pay and $2 million in a fund for the players’ post-soccer careers. The court will not approve the settlement until the parties agree on equitable pay for the men’s and women’s national teams.

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