The U.s. returning to the attack

Les Américaines repartent à l’attaque

Photo: Mike Carlson, Associated Press
The 28 players of the “Team USA” have filed a complaint against the american Federation of soccer.

A three-month Global 2019 in France, the world champions the united states have re-launched Friday the hostilities against their own federation, which they accuse of discrimination in respect of wages and conditions of work.

Alex Morgan, Megan Rapinoe and their teammates took advantage of the international women’s Day to go on the offensive.

The 28 players of the “Team USA” have filed a complaint against the american Federation of soccer, a complaint filed before a court in Los Angeles, California.

“In spite of the fact that the international and international are selected to assume the same responsibilities and to participate in international competitions for the same employer, the Federation, the players are consistently paid less than the players,” details the text of the complaint.

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“And this, while the results of the new players are better than those players, with the difference of the breeding male, world titles for the women’s team,” says the text.

The reality of the market is such that women do not deserve to be paid as much as men

— American federation of soccer

The U.s., in the world ranking of the international Federation, are in effect the team-reference of the women’s soccer with, to their credit, four olympic titles and three world Cups (1991, 1999 and 2015).

They will be the favourites to their own succession at the next world Cup, which will take place from 7 June to 7 July in France.

The men’s team displayed, it, for best results, off his 3rd place at the first world Cup in 1930, a qualification for the quarter-finals of the 2002 World cup in Japan and South Korea.

Worse, she failed to qualify for the last world Cup in Russia, last summer. But the internationals americans are, paradoxically, better paid and better treated.


In 2014, the american Federation has granted $ 5.3 million of premiums to the selection male to have reached the 8th finals of the World in Brazil.

The following year, the women’s team has received $ 1.7 million bonus after his third world title in Canada.

The disparity is equally glaring for the friendly matches. On a season, if the women’s team played and won twenty friendly matches, players could win a maximum of 99 000 or $ 4950 $ per match, compared to 263 320 $ or 13 $ 166 per per match for their male colleagues.

“The american Federation has completely failed to promote gender equality “, accused the 28 complainants.

They point out that the Federation ” and went so far as to argue that “the reality of the market is such that women do not deserve to be paid as much as men” […] even when the selection has generated more profits, played and won more games, won more championships and/or made more audience to television “.

Working Conditions

The players are also denouncing the differences in their working conditions. Between 2014 and 2017, they have played 21 % of their home games on artificial turf, compared to only 2 % for men.

“Play on surfaces that are of lower level, including the artificial turf, can cause serious injuries that can threaten a career “, they feel.

“The american Federation has done the minimum in terms of equality between men and women, and it continues to discriminate to the detriment of its players,” concludes the text of the complaint.

The star of the american team, Alex Morgan, also published on Friday a message on Twitter in the form of a forum : “Women around the world, support you and fight each other “.

This is not the first time that female players in the u.s. attack the federation. In 2016, five players had filed a petition with the Commission for equal access to employment, a government organization charged with enforcing labor law, to denounce the treatment gap with their male colleagues.

A few weeks of the olympics 2016 Rio, they had threatened to boycott the olympic tournament, before signing a new collective agreement governing wages and working conditions, which will expire at the end of 2021.