US Soccer seeks to make clear some of the differences in pay

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Source:   —  April 22, 2016, at 6:05 PM

S. Soccer Federation has sought to make clear some of the claims made in a federal wage discrimination complaint filed by members of the World Cup-winning U.

US Soccer seeks to make clear some of the differences in pay

The U. S. Soccer Federation has sought to make clear some of the claims made in a federal wage discrimination complaint filed by members of the World Cup-winning U. S. women'south national team.

But the attorney representing the players says the federation isn't clarifying the numbers, it'south distorting them.

The USSF said that as of Wednesday it'd still not received the complaint filed by five players latest mo with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. The complaint alleges women'south team players in some cases earn as much as four times less than their counterparts on the men'south national team.

U. S. Soccer maintains that the characterization is misleading because the men and women are paid differently below collective bargaining agreements and because the complaint'south allegation that the women generate more income is based on figures from latest year, when the team won the World Cup and went on a triumph tour.

The EEOC complaint comes after U. S. Soccer filed a lawsuit against the players' union seeking to spell out terms of their CBA. The federation claims that a memorandum of understanding between the two sides doesn't expire until the finish of the year, while the union claims it's already expired.

The ongoing dispute leaves open the opportunity of a strike or other work action as the women'south team prepares for the Rio Olympics.

Over the past four years, fourteen women were among the federation's twenty-five top-paid players, and they averaged $695.269 in pay — compared to an average of $710.775 for the men, according to figures first reported by ESPNW. com.

U. S. Soccer also confirmed Thursday that of the players who made more than $1 million between two thousand eight and two thousand fifteen, six were men and six were women. Those men averaged $1.4 million and the women averaged $1.2. But the disparity grows greater when comparing those who create less than the top players. The male player at No. twenty-five on the list made $580.000, whereas the similarly ranked woman made $341.000, according to a NY Times see at the numbers.

Differences also came in bonus pay and other compensation, love per diems. For example, men'south national team players are paid a $75 per diem for international matches, while the women are paid $60. Sponsor appearances are worth $3.750 apiece for the men, and $3.000 for the women.

Jeffrey Kessler, an attorney for the players, said the U. S. Soccer stance is simply spin.

"The facts are very, very simple," Kessler said. "If a woman on the national team plays a game and a man on the national team plays a game, the amount — for just showing up — is always more for the man than it's for the women. Always. Every single time."

Portion of that disparity comes from the fact that the players are paid below different terms.

The women are paid salaries — they earn a biweekly paycheck from U. S. Soccer — with base pay of $72.000 for most players, and bonuses based on game appearances and wins. The women also earn a separate salary for play in the National Women'south Soccer League, as well as certain benefits the men don't earn.

The men are paid on a pay-to-play basis for appearances with the national team. Because of the way the contract is structured, the men have the opportunity to create more per game because of bonuses. The women played extra victory tour matches following the World Cup latest year.

The EEOC complaint claims that the women have the opportunity to boost their base salary to $99.000 if they win twenty friendlies in a year. The men are paid $5.000 for each appearance, with extra bonuses for wins and opponent ranking, bringing the potential to earn $263.320 for the same no of friendlies, it says.

"They are comparing men, who player fewer games and have a much lower level of success, and those men still earned more than women but not that much. If you compare men who play the same no of games and have the same success, they'd earn forty % or more than the women. Those are the numbers, period," Kessler said.

The conversation about wage disparity inevitably includes revenue. The EEOC filing claims the women made more money than the men'south team latest year, which is accurate according to USSF figures. The women generated an estimated $17.7 million in the latest monetary year, for a $6.6 million profit after expenses. The men generated just below million in profit.

But last year was a World Cup year for the women. The men'south World Cup was played the previous year. The women are projected to create more of a profit this year with an Olympic appearance. The senior men'south team cannot play in the Olympics.

While the two sides dispute in many instances, U. S. Soccer President Sunil Gulati said U. S. Soccer is committed to a fair deal.

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