NWSL raises salaries, adds allocation money for 2020 season
By ANNE M. PETERSON
AP Sports Writer
The National Women's Soccer League announced rule changes Friday for the 2020 season that will increase player salaries and team salary caps, as well as add $300,000 per team in allocation money to attract and retain top players.
The league's maximum salary for non-allocated players was increased from $46,200 to $50,000, with the minimum salary rising from $16,538 to $20,000. U.S. and Canadian national team players who are allocated across the league are paid by their federations.
The overall team salary cap was increased by nearly 20% to $650,000 per team.
The addition of allocation money is key because it allows the league to compete with European teams for players. The funds could only be used for players with contracts larger than the league maximum who are not allocated. Other criteria must also be met, but it may help the league's teams attract high-profile international stars.
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