USA Women will now turn their attention to appealing the court ruling on equal pay after having their settlement over equal working conditions approved.
The US Soccer Federation (USSF) settled a long-running lawsuit over working conditions and submitted it to the Federal Court in Los Angeles in December last year.
Their equal pay claim, which has been publicly supported by the union that represents male players, was rejected by a court in May 2020.
“We are pleased that the Court has approved the equal working conditions that the USWNT Players have fought for many years to achieve,” Molly Levinson, spokeswoman for the players of the US Women’s National Team (USWNT), said.
“Finally, giving these athletes access to facilities, training, care, and professional support is the next step needed in the long and hard work to grow the game of women’s football.
“Now that this is behind us, we intend to appeal the Court’s equal pay decision, which does not account for the fact that women players have been paid at lesser rates than men who do the same job.
“We are committed as ever to our work to achieve the equal pay that we legally deserve and our focus is on the future and ensuring we leave the game a better place for the next generation of women who will play for this team and our country.”
The USA women’s national team players sued their governing body in 2019, alleging gender discrimination in a lawsuit that contained complaints over wages and playing conditions.
The complaint loomed large as the team went on claim their fourth World Cup title in France that summer, and fans backed them up, chanting “equal pay” during the World Cup final match.
Last month, USA Women forward Megan Rapinoe renewed her call for equal pay, appearing before a congressional panel and pledging to “carry this torch” alongside her team-mates.
Rapinoe told the House Committee on Oversight and Reform that the World Cup winners had exceeded the accomplishments of their male counterparts but received inadequate compensation and playing conditions.
“We put in just as much work, we train just as hard. We compete to bring trophies back to the United States, bring gold medals back to the United States,” she said.