US Women's National Team to go to jury trial over equal pay

The United States beat The Netherlands 2-0 in the World Cup final to retain the trophy back in July (PA Images)
12:25pm, Thu 15 Aug 2019
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The US Women's National Team is taking the country's Soccer Federation to court after discussions between the two over equal pay broke down.

There will now be a jury trial to decide whether or not the World Cup winners have been subjected to institutional gender discrimination.

However, despite the disappointing end to talks the spokeswoman for the team, Molly Levinson, remained determined to produce a positive outcome.

Levinson said: "Today we must conclude these meetings sorely disappointed in the Federation's determination to perpetuate fundamentally discriminatory workplace conditions and behaviour.

"It is clear that USSF (United States Soccer Federation), including its Board of Directors and President Carlos Cordeiro, fully intend to continue to compensate women players less than men.

"They will not succeed. We want all of our fans, sponsors, peers around the world and women everywhere to know we are undaunted and will eagerly look forward to a jury trial."

The original lawsuit was filed back in March when the women's team highlighted a number of areas where they not been treated adequately such as travel conditions, medical personnel, promotion of games and training.

And the case for equality has been brought into focus even more since the US team's second successive and historic fourth World Cup last month.