The lawsuit was filed in March and initially included 28 players who claimed the soccer federation used “institutionalized gender discrimination” toward the team. 72 women have opted into the class action suit.
The judge, R. Gary Klausner of the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California, said on Friday the players “have not demonstrated a triable issue that WNT players are paid less than MNT players.”
Klausner ruled that the players’ additional allegations of unequal travel conditions and support services, including medical staff and training equipment, can still go to trial.
Molly Levinson, a spokesperson for the players, said the team will appeal the decision. “We are shocked and disappointed with today’s decision, but we will not give up our hard work for equal pay. We are confident in our case and steadfast in our commitment to ensuring that girls and women who play this sport will not be valued as lesser just because of their gender.”