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US Soccer And The United States Women's National Team (USWNT) Have Reached Agreement To End Dispute Over Equal Pay

A pay dispute which dates back to March 2019 between the US Women's National Team (USWNT) and US Soccer has been settled.

The initial dispute was over gender discrimination due to a pay rate difference; however, in an agreement, the women's and men's national teams will receive an equal pay rate in all friendlies and tournaments - including the World Cup.

The news was announced in a joint statement which said: "We are pleased to announce that, contingent on the negotiation of a new collective bargaining agreement, we will have resolved our longstanding dispute over equal pay and proudly stand together in a shared commitment to advancing equality in soccer."

As part of the agreement, US Soccer will pay $22 million to the players involved in the case as well as an "additional $2 million into an account to benefit the USWNT players in their post-career goals and charitable efforts related to women's and girls' soccer."

The USWNT further added, "Getting to this day has not been easy," stating that the USWNT players have achieved "unprecedented success" while also working to achieve equal pay for themselves and future athletes. 

Their statement added that they look forward to continuing to grow women's soccer and "advance opportunities for young girls and women in the United States and across the globe."