US women's football team files wage discrimination complaint

Five top US women's football players have filed complaint with Equal Employment Opportunity Commission accusing US Soccer Federation of wage discrimination

Photo by: Reuters (Archive)
Photo by: Reuters (Archive)

United States players react as they receive the FIFA Women's World Cup trophy after defeating Japan in the final of the 2015 Women's World Cup at BC Place Stadium on July 5, 2015.

Five members of the US National Women's Team said Thursday they have filed a complaint against the US Soccer Federation alleging wage discrimination, insisting they should be paid the same as their male counterparts.

"I think that we've proven our worth over the years. Just coming off of a World Cup win, the pay disparity between the men and women is just too large. And we want to continue to fight," World Cup MVP Carli Lloyd said in an interview on NBC's Today show.

Lloyd, Megan Rapinoe, Rebecca Sauerbrunn, Hope Solo and Alex Morgan filed the complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

The women's team won the 2015 World Cup, football's most prestigious event, while the US men's team lost in the round of 16.

The women earned just $2 million in prize money, which the federation distributed to the women and the organisation, while the losing men's team picked up $9 million.