The American team that won the Women's World Cup will be back on the field this week after agreeing to a five-year contract that ended its boycott.
Mia Hamm, Brandi Chastain and the rest of the American players will begin training Tuesday under new coach April Heinrichs. They play an exhibition game against Norway on Feb. 6 in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
The women boycotted this month's Australia Cup because they felt they were not getting paid enough. The U.S. Soccer Federation sent a team of college-age players that won the tournament.
The settlement will enable each player to earn about $130,000 this year in salaries and bonuses, The New York Times reported Sunday. The players also would have the right to hold their own indoor victory tour, which paid each about $100,000 after last summer's World Cup.
The contract is in part contingent on the formation of a women's pro league in 2001, the Times said. The deal runs through the 2004 Summer Olympics.