The U.S. Soccer Federation has released data showing that members of the U.S. women’s national team make just 2.2% less than their male counterparts, contradicting the figures cited in the wage discrimination complaint filed by several USWNT players last month.
In the filing, the women’s players claim they are paid 25% less than players on the men’s national team. The USSF says these numbers have been misinterpreted.
“Some of the financial information that’s been provided has been either inaccurate or misleading,” USSF spokesman Neil Buethe said, according to ESPNW. “We wanted to share this information to help provide clarity.”
The numbers provided by the USSF show that the average compensation for the 14 top-earning women’s players is $695,269 and the average salary for the top 11 men is $710,775.
Carli Lloyd, Alex Morgan, Hope Solo, Megan Rapinoe and Becky Sauerbrunn are the five players who have filed the complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. Several current and former men’s players have voiced their support for the women’s actions.