National Women’s Soccer League Players Association has come to a collective bargaining agreement, which must still be approved by the NWSL’s Board of Governors.
The contract also allows for free agency starting in 2023 for players with a minimum of six years, and drops to a minimum of five years in 2024. The agreement includes eight weeks of parental leave and up to six months in paid mental health leave, as well as provisions for safe playing fields and medical staffs.
“From our inception, the players association has put players first. Our mission in this historic CBA was to put this same philosophy at the center of NWSL’s future,” NWSLPA President Tory Huster said in a statement. “With the amount of care and attention that we have given this process since fall 2020, we are proud that players can confidently enter the 10th season in the NWSL in a better position than ever before.”
– Meriqua Whyte