Equal Pay Is A Huge Milestone For The Lionesses

The FA have revealed that England men and England Women have been receiving the same pay since January.

This was revealed off the back of Brazil announcing that equal pay will be put in place for both their national teams. The FA was asked if they were thinking of doing the same in which they responded with the following: “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”.

The Brazil football association said: “Since March of this year, CBF has made an equal value in terms of prizes and daily rates between men’s and women’s football. That is, the players earn the same thing as the players during the calls. What they receive by daily call, women also receive.”

“There is no more gender difference, as the CBF is treating men and women equally. What they will gain by conquering or by staging the Olympics next year will be the same as the men will have”.

Equal pay in women’s football, especially on the International stage, has been a big talking point over the last couple of years. The most notable equal pay dispute is between the US Women’s National Team and U.S Soccer with that dispute ending up in court earlier this year with a judge dismissing the case.

A couple of women’s national teams have received equal pay recently with Brazil joining Australia, Norway and New Zealand who all receive the same amount of money as their male counterparts for earning a senior cap. This will only add fuel to the fire for the US Women’s National team in their fight for equal pay considering all that they have achieved since their first World Cup win in 1999 and stars such as forward Megan Rapinoe have highlighted the Americans desire to never give up and it will be a long fight for the US team but one that I’m sure will be worth it in the very end.

Despite the Lionesses receiving equal pay from the FA, they’re still a long way off from receiving the same amount of money earned from major tournaments. The World Cup tournament is the perfect example of the difference in prize money and money earned by players. If England Women would have won in last summer’s World Cup in France, the players would have received a £50,000 bonuses each. If the men would have succeeded the year before in the 2018 World Cup in Russia, they would have received £217,000 in bonuses each.

According to The Telegraph, England players are understood to receive a match fee of about £2,000, which is donated to charity by all the men and some women.

England Women first recognised the need for equal pay back in November last year with Arsenal midfielder Jordan Nobbs and Chelsea striker Bethany England highlight the need for progression. Speaking about it Jordan Nobbs said: “When you see other nations doing it of course we want to carry on that progression with our nation”. England then followed suit saying “If that was to happen with England as well it would be amazing because we still train, still do all the hard work the same as the men do”.  

There will be some football fans wondering how the women’s team deserve the same pay as the men’s team considering the differences in revenue that the men’s team brings in compared to women’s. However, the last 12 months of women’s sport has seen a rise in popularity of the women’s game with England selling out Wembley last November against Germany but the Coronavirus has halted that progression with some women’s clubs both domestically and Internationally have suffered due to clubs not being able to bring in enough money.

There’s no doubt that equal pay for the Lionesses is huge for the future of female football and is a step in the right direction. The FA have been very supportive of female football especially on the international stage and England Women have always had the full support of Baroness Sue Campbell. England have now joined a club of International teams gaining equal pay after advocating for it and this will prove to others around the world that women’s football is not something to joke about and that they just put as much effort in as their male counterparts.

Although this is an amazing announcement, my immediate reaction was that though it is a huge milestone reached for female footballers representing England, why did it take an announcement from another team for us to make ours?

 

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