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Audit shows Ellis has contract options through 2020

Jill Ellis has tough decisions to make ahead of World Cup qualifying. (Getty Images)

Jill Ellis is under contract through the end of the 2015 World Cup, with options to extend her deal through 2020. (Getty Images)

The U.S. Soccer Federation’s annual audit reveals that women’s national team coach Jill Ellis is under contract through July 31, 2015, with option that could extend her deal through August 31, 2020. The Women’s World Cup final is July 5, 2015.

Ellis has an annual base compensation of $185,000 to $215,000, with with incentive bonuses based on the U.S. women’s national team’s performances at the World Cup and the Olympics.

By comparison, U.S. men’s coach Jurgen Klinsmann makes $2.5 million in a deal the escalates over time. He receives bonuses based on the U.S. men’s national team’s performance at various international tournaments.

Tax records from earlier this year revealed Alex Morgan, Christie Rampone and Becky Sauerbrunn as among the U.S. women’s national team’s highest-earning players for the April 2012-March 2013 fiscal year.

Also of note from the document dated Sept. 15, 2014, is that the USSF’s agreement to manage, govern, operate, advise and administrate the National Women’s Soccer League was extended from an initial end date of Dec. 31, 2013, to Dec. 31, 2014. However, the league is owned by its nine member teams.

Spending on the NWSL by the USSF jumped nearly threefold, from $247,830 in 2013 to $670,678 in 2014.  Expenses for the women’s national team decreased by over $1 million from 2013 to 2014, down to $8,267453.

There still is not a U.S. women’s national team collective bargaining agreement in place. The CBA expired on Dec. 31, 2012 and since March 2013 U.S. women’s players have been operating with U.S. Soccer on a signed Memo of Understanding in place of a full agreement.

U.S. Soccer’s total assets are $96,908066, with $7,771,167 in current cash assets.

Complete financial information for U.S. Soccer can be found here.


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