USNSTPA FAQ

What is the USNSTPA?
When was the USNSTPA founded?
Is the USNSTPA a labor union?
How does that work?
Are all US National Team players members?
How are things like travel conditions and grievances handled?
Who represents the women players?

Who represents the Major League Soccer Players?

Where is the USNSTPA based?
When does the current Collective Bargaining Agreement between the USNSTPA and the USSF expire?
What is the relationship between USSoccerPlayers.com and USNSTPA.com?
Will the USNSTPA support my project/program/group?
What's with the logo?

What is the USNSTPA?
An association of the current and former members of the United States National Soccer Team. 

When was the USNSTPA founded?
The Association was founded in 1996, taking a more public role with the launching of USSoccerPlayers.com shortly before the 2002 World Cup.

Is the USNSTPA a labor union?
Yes.  The USNSTPA is the labor union for the members of the men's National Team.

How does that work?
Under United States labor laws, the United States Soccer Federation (“USSF”) has recognized the USNSTPA as the organization that represents all members of the United States Men’s National Team.  In that capacity, the USNSTPA engages in collective bargaining negotiations with the USSF about the compensation and working conditions of the members of the National Team.  The players elect five players to serve as Player Representatives, to oversee the workings of the Players Association.  The current Player Representatives are: Michael Bradley, Steve Cherundolo, Clarence Goodson, Brad Guzan, Tim Howard, and Graham Zusi.

Are all US National Team players members?
The Association represents all players appearing for the National Team, and those players are covered under the collective bargaining agreement and the uniform player agreement negotiated by the Players Association.  All current National Team players are members of the USNSTPA and any individual who has appeared for the US National Team at any time in the past is welcome to become a member.

How are things like travel conditions and grievances handled?
Both of those items and other working conditions are negotiated through collective bargaining.

Who represents the women players?
The USWNSTPA - a completely separate organization based in Philadelphia, PA.

Who represents the Major League Soccer Players?
The Major League Soccer Players Union (MLSPU) based in Bethesda, MD.

Where is the USNSTPA based?
Washington D.C.

When does the current Collective Bargaining Agreement between the USNSTPA and the USSF expire?
Dec. 31st, 2018.

What is the relationship between USSoccerPlayers.com and the USNSTPA?
USSoccerPlayers.com is a website that has been created and maintained by the US National Team players to provide soccer-specific news as well as information and entertainment for the United States soccer community, including in-depth resource  information for soccer players, parents, coaches, and fans, and information about the US National Soccer Team, US National Soccer Team players, and charitable and other activities of the USNSTPA. 

Will the USNSTPA support my project/program/group?
Please use usnstpa@usnstpa.com to send us your proposal.

What's with the logo?
The logo is a stylized version of a soccer player moving at great speed and trailing the stripes of the American flag.

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