It’s a great victory for women’s football. The United States Soccer Federation announced on Wednesday May 18 that it had reached an agreement “historical” with the associations of players of its selections. This promises equal pay between the women’s team and the men’s team.
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“The two collective agreements, which will run until 2028, make it possible to achieve equal wages through identical economic terms”details the federation a few months after the announcement of a preliminary agreement.
The federation (US Soccer) had been sued since 2019 by female soccer star Megan Rapinoe. Last February, she then agreed to pay the members of the women’s national team at the same level as those of the men’s team. An objective now written black on white in the new agreement.
► Nine national football federations apply equal pay
Before the United States, only eight out of 211 national federations had reached the milestone of equal pay in football. England, Australia, Brazil, Finland, Norway, New Zealand and the Netherlands, joined by Northern Ireland in September 2021, the latest country to have imposed parity.
EQUAL PAY AGREED 🇮🇪
A historic day for Irish football as the FAI agrees equal pay deal with WNT & MNT squads ahead of their World Cup qualifiers 🤝
— FAIreland ⚽️🇮🇪 (@FAIreland) August 30, 2021
“Players representing the Republic of Ireland senior women’s and men’s teams will receive the same match bonuses at international fixtures with immediate effect,” said the country’s football federation last August when it signed a groundbreaking agreement for Irish sport.
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The footballers of the men’s team had agreed to lower the amount received at each match in order to allow the women to receive the same amount of bonuses.
► Parity in international surfing competitions since 2019
Since 2019 all participants in world surfing competitions receive the same performance bonuses regardless of gender “This decision is simply the right decision to make (…) We want to be on the front line to push for equality in all areas of life”, had justified in September 2018 the World Surf League (WSL), organizer of the world professional surfing circuit.
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The decision was hailed at the time by the star of the discipline, the American Kelly Slater, crowned eleven times world champion: “Women surfers on the world circuit deserve this reform, I am so proud that surfing has chosen to lead by example in sport for equality and justice “.
► Tennis, pay parity at the four Grand Slam tournaments
On the most prestigious tennis courts, men and women receive the same match bonuses. With the adoption of parity measures by the Wimbledon (2007) and Roland-Garros (2006) tournaments, the four Grand Slam competitions offer the same prize money (earnings pocketed by competitors) to tennis players and to tennis women. In the majority of other tournaments, however, the difference in earnings remains significant.
The London and Paris tournaments lagged far behind the US Open and the Australian Open, which since 1973 and 1984 have guaranteed all players similar gains.
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In 1973, a triggering event came to shake up mentalities in the world of tennis, when the American champion Billie Jean King won a match in three sets against Bobby Riggs, a professional retired for more than ten years who then publicly proclaimed the inferiority women’s tennis versus men’s tennis. An episode, entered in the history of tennis under the name of “The battle of the sexes”.