The U.S. Soccer Federation has apparently cried uncle after fighting a lawsuit by U.S. women soccer players for six years.
The Federation agreed to pay over $24 million in back pay and bonuses to the female players to equal what male players are paid.
The players will split $22 million, but that’s only about a third of what they were asking for in damages as part of the suit.
The other $2 million will be spent to grow women’s soccer as a sport, and female players will have to be paid the same as males going forward, including getting the same World Cup bonuses.
“For our generation, knowing that we’re going to leave the game in an exponentially better place than when we found it is everything,” Megan Rapinoe said about the lawsuit result. “That’s what it’s all about.”
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