Nov 6, 2019

Australia women's soccer players to get equal pay after historic deal

The Australian team before the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup Round of 16 match against Norway in Nice, France. Photo: Jose Breton/NurPhoto via Getty Images

Australia's women soccer players will get the same pay and an equal split of commercial revenue as the men's team after the country's players' union reached a deal with the soccer governing body, the Australian Football Federation announced Wednesday.

Why it matters: The deal "sets the model" for soccer governing bodies around the world, said players' union CEO John Didulica. It comes as the U.S. women's team awaits a trial after suing its governing body for "institutionalized gender discrimination" by paying them less than the men's team.

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Judge: U.S. women's soccer team subject to discriminatory working conditions

The U.S. women’s soccer team celebrates winning the 2019 Women's World Cup in July. Photo: Franck Fife/AFP via Getty Images

The U.S. women's national team hailed a judge's ruling that they're paid less per game than the men's side as he granted them class status in their gender discrimination lawsuit against U.S. Soccer, the Wall Street Journal reports.

It’s almost a validation of everything that we’re seeing. I think it’s a really positive step forward in this fight."
— U.S. soccer star Megan Rapinoe to the WSJ
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Private equity giant Silver Lake to invest $500 million in City Football Group

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Private equity giant Silver Lake agreed to invest $500 million for just over a 10% stake in City Football Group, owner of reigning English Premier League champs Manchester City and other soccer clubs, from Abu Dhabi United Group.

Why it matters: It makes CFG, now valued at $4.8 billion, the world's most valuable soccer group.

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Sounders cement place as MLS giants

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On Sunday, the Seattle Sounders and Toronto FC met in the MLS Cup for the third time in four years. After splitting the first two meetings, Seattle emerged victorious, winning 3-1 in front of a record-setting home crowd of 69,274.

  • Why it matters: The victory makes Seattle the sixth team in MLS history with multiple league titles, joining LA Galaxy (5), D.C. United (4), Houston Dynamo (2), San Jose Earthquakes (2) and Sporting KC (2).
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