Fri. Mar 31st, 2023

The worldwide skilled soccer gamers’ union says it despatched a letter signed by 150 ladies’s nationwide staff gamers to FIFA calling for equal World Cup prize cash.

FIFPro confirmed that the letter, which additionally asks for equal therapy and circumstances for ladies’s groups enjoying in soccer’s most prestigious event, was despatched to the game’s worldwide governing physique in October — a month earlier than the beginning of the boys’s World Cup in Qatar.

The Girls’s World Cup is ready for this summer time in Australia and New Zealand.

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“We are able to verify a letter signed by 150 gamers from nationwide groups on each continent was despatched to FIFA in October. These gamers are in search of equitable circumstances earlier than the 2023 FIFA Girls’s World Cup. FIFPRO is at present negotiating with FIFA on behalf of those gamers,” FIFPro stated in an announcement to The Related Press. The Wall Road Journal was first to report the existence of the letter.

FIFPro didn’t share a replica of the letter and stated it couldn’t remark additional, as negotiations are ongoing. The names of the gamers who signed the letter additionally weren’t made obtainable.

FIFA didn’t instantly reply to a request for remark Wednesday.

The transfer comes as there are growing requires FIFA to make the prize cash for the 2 tournaments extra equitable.

Argentina earned $42 million for successful the boys’s World Cup in Qatar, out of a prize pool of $440 million. In distinction, the U.S. ladies’s nationwide staff gained $4 million out of a prize pool of $30 million for the 2019 Girls’s World Cup in France. The prize pool for the ladies’s event this summer time has not been set.

Below their historic collective bargaining agreements reached final yr, the U.S. males’s and girls’s nationwide groups will equally share the prize cash gained on the World Cup after U.S. Soccer takes a proportion off the highest.

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U.S. Soccer is at present the one federation that evenly distributes World Cup prize cash. The Canadian ladies’s nationwide staff has referred to as for the same provision in ongoing negotiations for a brand new labor settlement with Canada Soccer.

The Girls’s World Cup, which begins on July 20, has an expanded area of 32 groups, up from 24 in France. The 2019 event drew a worldwide broadcast viewers of greater than 1 billion viewers.

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