US women's team file gender discrimination lawsuit against the US Soccer Federation

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It’s International Women’s Day and the US women’s soccer team have sued the US Soccer Federation seeking equal pay to their male counterparts.

According to the New York Times, the US world champion women’s national soccer team filed a gender discrimination lawsuit, just months before they compete in the World Cup.

The report states: “In the lawsuit, filed in United States District Court in Los Angeles, the 28 players accused the federation — their employer and the governing body for soccer in the United States — of years of what they labeled ‘institutionalized gender discrimination.’ The issues, the athletes said, affected not only their paychecks but also where they played and how often, how they trained, the medical treatment and coaching they received, and even how they traveled to matches."

The women players insist that they’re required to play more games, win more games and yet still receive lesser pay from the federation.

At the moment, the men receive higher bonuses when they play for the US, but are paid only when they make the team.

Meanwhile, the women receive guaranteed salaries but only smaller match bonuses.

One of the main reasons for this could be the bonuses the teams receive for competing in international tournaments.

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For example, at the World Cup, the men’s teams share a pool of $400 million between the 32 nations.

While women’s teams share a pool of $30 million between 24 nations.

But for decades, the US team have been the dominant power in the women’s game with three World Cups and four Olympic gold medals.

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So much more successful than the male side - who failed to even qualify for the 2018 Russia World Cup.

If the US women's soccer team are successful in their lawsuit, it could be a huge step in pay equality in sport.

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