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England confirm equal international pay for men and women

England men's and women's senior players have been paid the same match fee for representing their...



England confirm equal internat...
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England confirm equal international pay for men and women

England men's and women's senior players have been paid the same match fee for representing their country since January 2020.

The FA quietly implemented pay equality at the start of the year.

It follows the news that the Brazilian Football Federation are to pay their men's and women's teams the same fees.

It means those representing Phil Neville's England women's team each receive the same match fee as those turning out for Gareth Southgate's men's side, when playing international games.

The issue of equal pay is something that's been fought for rather publicly by the United States women's national team.

The USA WNT filed a class action lawsuit claiming unequal pay and gender-based discrimination by the United States Soccer Federation (USSF).

In May, California U.S. District Judge R. Gary Klausner ruled against the WNT. Summary judgement was based on the fact the WNT had actually made more than the MNT ($220,747 per game v $212,639) based on the structure of their compensations agreements.

The MNT figure was so low because they missed out on bonuses that would have accompanied qualifying for the 2018 World Cup in Russia. Had they qualified, they stood to make in excess of $250k per game.

The WNT appealed the judgement

Australia, Norway and New Zealand are among the countries offering equal pay for men's and women's national sides.

"The CBF has equalled the prize money and allowances between men's and women's football, which means the women players will earn the same as the men," said Brazilian Federation president Rogerio Caboclo.

He added, "It will be proportionally the same as what FIFA proposes for women, that is to say, there will be no more gender difference in remuneration between men and women."

FA statement: 

The FA pays its women's players exactly the same as their male counterparts for representing England, both in terms of match fees and match bonuses.

This parity has been in place since January 2020

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