Delayed trial of Women v US Soccer pushed back to June 15

February 19

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The long delayed trial in the case of female players against the U.S. Soccer Federation has been pushed back again.

U.S. District Judge R. Gary Klausner said Friday he was delaying the trial date from March 9 to June 15 due to the unavailability of jurors during the novel coronavirus pandemic.

However, Klausner has a hearing scheduled for April 12 to approve a Dec. 1 settlement of

“We anticipate that the settlement — which achieves working conditions for the women players that they have fought many years to achieve — will be approved on April 12, and there will be no trial. This is simply an administrative update from the court," players' spokeswoman Molly Levinson said in a statement. “Following approval of the settlement, we will proceed with an expedited appeal of the court’s decision on pay disparities between women and men in this sport.”

The December deal between the world champion American women and the sport’s U.S. governing body called for charter flights, hotel accommodations, venue selection and professional staff support equitable to that of the men’s national team.

, claiming they have not been paid equitably under their

last May, ruling the women rejected a pay-to-play structure similar to the one in the men’s agreement and accepted greater base salaries and benefits than the men, who failed to qualify for the 2018 World Cup.

Players will seek to overturn Klausner's dismissal at the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, but they can't move forward with their appeal until Klausner gives final approval of the working conditions settlement.

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