Federal Court in California has not granted the claim of the women’s national soccer team players against the US Football Federation.
The athletes claimed to be paid less than the men’s national team players and faced discrimination because they were given worse training conditions and worse hotels.
The referee issued a verdict on the first point. He concluded that the women’s team players earned higher salaries than the men’s team players in general and the average for each game. The decision on the second point of the suit will be made in mid-June.
The plaintiffs’ representatives said they would appeal the verdict.
The national team members have been campaigning for several years to increase their salaries and fees. The U.S. Soccer Federation declared that these charges are groundless, as the terms of monetary payments are established by collective agreements.
The U.S. women’s soccer team has won the World Cup four times (last time in 2019) and the Olympic Games four times.