US Soccer and the United States women’s national team have finalized a collective bargaining agreement through 2016, the US Soccer Federation and players’ association jointly announced on Wednesday.
As first reported by The Equalizer, the deal was finalized late Tuesday. Players’ association lawyer John Langel told The Equalizer on Tuesday that national team players would not report to training camps with their National Women’s Soccer League teams until a deal was finalized.
The deal new deal will carry the federation and its women’s national team through the 2015 World Cup in Canada and the 2016 Olympics in Rio.
US Soccer and the US Women’s National Soccer Team Players’ Association issued the following joint statement:
“We are pleased to have concluded this agreement in a timely manner. It took a little longer than we had hoped given the complexity of the issues involved but we are happy it is now behind us. This agreement will allow the players to focus on keeping the U.S. Women’s National Team at the top of the sport and ensure the NWSL is successful for its launch in April.”