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Wambach takes women players' World Cup artificial turf protest to FIFA's Jerome Valcke

  • Abby Wambach of the United States, one of the nominees for the FIFA Women's World Player of the Year, attends a press conference prior to the FIFA Ballon d'Or awarding ceremony at the Kongresshaus in Zurich, Switzerland, Monday, Jan. 12, 2015. (AP Photo/Keystone, Ennio Leanza)

    Abby Wambach of the United States, one of the nominees for the FIFA Women's World Player of the Year, attends a press conference prior to the FIFA Ballon d'Or awarding ceremony at the Kongresshaus in Zurich, Switzerland, Monday, Jan. 12, 2015. (AP Photo/Keystone, Ennio Leanza)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE - In this Sept. 13, 2014 file photo United States' forward Abby Wambach (20) brings the ball down the field during the first half of an international friendly game with Mexico in Sandy, Utah. Wambach is one of the three finalists for the FIFA Women's World Player of the Year award.   (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, files)

    FILE - In this Sept. 13, 2014 file photo United States' forward Abby Wambach (20) brings the ball down the field during the first half of an international friendly game with Mexico in Sandy, Utah. Wambach is one of the three finalists for the FIFA Women's World Player of the Year award. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, files)  (The Associated Press)

  • US Abby Wambach, left, Brazil's Marta, center, and Germany's  Nadine Kessler, right, nominees of the FIFA Women's World Player of the Year Award, attend a press conference prior to the FIFA Ballon d'Or awarding ceremony at the Kongresshaus in Zurich, Switzerland, Monday, Jan. 12, 2015. (AP Photo/Keystone, Walter Bieri)

    US Abby Wambach, left, Brazil's Marta, center, and Germany's Nadine Kessler, right, nominees of the FIFA Women's World Player of the Year Award, attend a press conference prior to the FIFA Ballon d'Or awarding ceremony at the Kongresshaus in Zurich, Switzerland, Monday, Jan. 12, 2015. (AP Photo/Keystone, Walter Bieri)  (The Associated Press)

Top female players have taken their protest over artificial turf at the World Cup in Canada to FIFA secretary general Jerome Valcke.

United States forward Abby Wambach says they talked "openly, candidly" ahead of Monday's Ballon d'Or ceremony, but "FIFA has made their decision and they are sticking to it."

Wambach says "it's tough because as a female athlete we want to be treated equal and we want to be playing on grass."

The 2012 FIFA player of the year supports an anti-discrimination legal action filed in Canada. However, Wambach says an effective campaign would have needed "better dialogue" with FIFA before the decision.

Wambach says the 24 teams should not protest at the June 6-July 5 tournament because it would distract them from winning the World Cup.