Top Women’s Soccer Players Take US Soccer to Court
All 28 members of the World Cup champion U.S. women's national soccer team have taken legal action against the United States Soccer Federation. They claim the organization pays them less than male players and denies them equal training, travel and playing conditions.
The women filed their lawsuit in Los Angeles on Friday, which was International Women's Day. The case claims gender-based discrimination by the U.S. Soccer Federation (USSF).
In most of the world, the sport is called football.
The action comes just three months before the American women will defend their title at the Women's World Cup in France.
The players say they have faced ongoing "institutionalized gender discrimination" including unequal pay. The women also say they have the same responsibilities as players on the U.S. men's national team. They are seeking equal pay and treatment, along with payment for lost earnings over the years.
The U.S. Women's National Team Players Association was not part of the lawsuit. However, its representatives said in a statement that the association "supports the plaintiffs' goal of eliminating gender-based discrimination by USSF."
Alex Morgan, a member of the women's team, said in a prepared statement, "Each of us is extremely proud to wear the United States jersey, and we also take seriously the responsibility that comes with that. We believe that fighting for gender equality in sports is a part of that responsibility."
The U.S. Soccer Federation did not immediately comment on Friday.
The U.S. women's soccer team has seen great international successes, including three World Cup championships and four Olympic gold medals.
When the team won its most recent World Cup title in 2015, it was the most-watched soccer game in American television history.
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世界杯冠军队——美国女足的28名队员将美国足协告上了法庭 。她们声称，该组织向她们支付的薪酬低于男球员，并且拒绝为她们提供平等的训练、出行和比赛条件 。
周五，正值国际妇女节当天，这些女足球员在洛杉矶提起了诉讼 。该案件声称，美国足协性别歧视 。
在全球大多数地方，足球被称之为football（美国称为soccer 。） 。
球员们表示，她们一直面临着“制度化的性别歧视”，包括薪酬不平等 。这些女球员还表示，她们与美国男足承担着相同的责任 。她们要求同工同酬，待遇平等，以及补偿多年来的收入损失 。
美国女子国家队球员协会没有参与这起案件 。然而，该协会代表在一份声明中表示，该协会“支持原告要求消除美国足协性别歧视的诉求 。”
女足队员亚历克斯·摩根（Alex Morgan）在一份预先准备好的声明中表示：“我们每个人都以穿上美国队球衣为荣，我们也认真对待这身球衣带来的责任 。我们认为，争取体育行业的性别平等也是该责任之一 。”