NWSL Announces First Collective Bargaining Agreement
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The National Women’s Soccer League announced Monday that it has reached an agreement with the NWSL Players Association on the league’s first collective bargaining agreement, which will cover the next five seasons through 2026.
The ABC will increase investment in players, grant players free will, improve health benefits and more.
Current Kansas City co-owner Angie Long said the deal will help the team meet the expectations of its players.
“This CBA represents a league-wide partnership between owners and players to fulfill our shared mission to build the greatest league in the world,” Long said in a statement.
As a result of the agreement, the minimum wage for players has been increased by almost 60% to $35,000 and will include salary increases for all players. Average total compensation increased by more than 30% to $54,000.
Players will also receive more bonuses, compensation for promotional and commercial appearances, and allow players to receive 10% of net broadcast revenue through revenue sharing, if the league is profitable in 2023-26.
The agreement will also create the possibility for players to benefit from free agency from 2023.
Players who serve six years in the NWSL will receive full free agency in 2023. In 2024, players with three years of service will receive restricted free agency, while players with five years will receive full free agency.
The ABC will ensure players are made aware of a fixed season with start and end windows and limits on the maximum number of games per season.
NWSL players will also receive other benefits such as 42 days of vacation, parental leave and mental health leave.
Each team must also provide its players with a team doctor, massage therapist, athletic therapist and team clinician.