The USMNT team has reached the round of 16 at the 2022 World Cup and become the only CONCACAF team to qualify for it after defeating Iran 1-0. With this historic win, they will be playing in their first knockout match in over a decade.
They failed to qualify for the tournament in 2018 and it seems like the USWNT will be cheering the most for them.
USWNT will earn historic figure from the men’s World Cup
Having received only $4 million for retaining the world cup in 2019 and $2 million for their 2015 win in Canada, the USWNT will be earning $500,000 plus both their prize money combined without even setting foot on the pitch.
Round of 16 🔜 pic.twitter.com/VHxuGooiYQ
— U.S. Men’s National Soccer Team (@USMNT) December 1, 2022
The prize money for the men’s 2022 World Cup is listed on FIFA’s website, with teams finishing ninth to sixteenth that is, teams who qualified for the round of 16, will earn $13 million each.
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The USMNT will receive at least $13 million in World Cup prize money and $17 million if they defeat the Netherlands in Saturday’s round of 16 knockout matches.
Half of the prize money will go to the US women, thanks to a historic collective bargaining agreement reached in May between US Soccer and its national teams.
What is the Collective Bargaining Agreement?
A Collective Bargain Agreement or CBA is a binding contract signed by an employer and a union representing the employees after negotiating key details like wages and hours of an employee, etc.
The USMNT and USWNT signed a CBA in May of this year which would see both the men’s and women’s teams pool their World Cup prize money earned and earn equal halves thereof.
“It really, truly is historic,” said U.S. Soccer president Cindy Parlow Cone as they signed a contract valid till 2028, ending the criticism of USSF after the USWNT filed a gender discrimination lawsuit back in 2019.
The lawsuit was settled in 2021 for $24 million with the stipulation of the US men’s soccer team agreeing to an equal rate of pay for both Men’s and Women’s national teams regardless of the fixture.