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The US Soccer Federation has reached new historic collective bargaining agreements to ensure equal pay and prize money for its men’s and women’s national teams, it said Wednesday morning, following a years-long battle fought by the four-time World Cup-champion women’s national team to guarantee equal compensation.

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The two collective bargaining agreements—which last through 2028—include identical pay for all international soccer competitions, including the FIFA World Cup.

US Soccer will become the first national governing body to ensure equal prize money from FIFA by pooling prize funds and splitting them equally among the men and women’s national teams beginning with the 2022 Men’s tournament and the 2023 Women’s World Cup.

Men’s and women’s national team players will also earn identical game bonuses, the federation said.

The deals come three months after US Soccer settled a lawsuit filed by members of the women’s national team that included a $24 million payout as well as a pledge from the federation to equalize pay between the men’s and women’s national teams.

US Soccer will also ensure an equal division of broadcast, partner and sponsorship revenue as well as profits from tickets sold at home matches, it said.

Becky Sauerbrunn, president of the US Women’s National Team Players Association and a US women’s national team player, called the new deals “a testament to the incredible efforts” of the women’s national team players “on and off the field.”