By Amaechi Agbo
Football authorities in England, the Football Association, FA has announced that the male and female international teams will be receiving equal pay.
This is coming after Brazil announced that both teams are to receive same amount of payment to in the country.
According to report, the FA revealed to Sky Sports News they have been paying the men’s and women’s teams equally in terms of match fees and match bonuses since January.
A statement from the football association reads: “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.”
England and Brazil are part of a select few nations who pay their male and female players equally along with Australia, Norway and New Zealand.
Last year, current women’s world champions the United States sued their federation, alleging discrimination over pay and conditions. The team appealed earlier this year after a judge dismissed their case.
The World Cup-winning team’s long-running feud with US Soccer has been a public and bitter battle and the players had been seeking $66m (£53m) in damages under the Equal Pay Act.
An influx in big-name transfers will make the Women’s Super League the best in the world, according to the FA’s head of professional football Kelly Simmons.
WSL clubs have been active in the transfer market this summer, attracting World Cup winners and European stars to England’s top division.
Simmons insists additions like Manchester City’s Rose Lavelle and Sam Mewis, along with Chelsea signing Pernille Harder, will be good for clubs and fans alike.
“It’s going to be fantastic to see top English players play alongside the likes of Rose Lavelle, one of the best players in the world”, Simmons told Sky Sports News.
“It’s a real statement for where the Women’s Super League is, it’s regarded as one of the best if not the best league in the world. That is our ambition.
Hope Powell, however, has warned that the WSL must remain competitive as more and more high-profile players move over to England’s top tier
The WSL has been dominated by the ‘big three’ of Manchester City, Chelsea and Arsenal in recent years, who have all made big-name signings this summer – but they have not been the only teams – and Brighton boss Powell feels it is important the league retains its competitive edge.
“We’re under no illusions it’s going to be tough, especially with some of the players coming into the WSL,” she told Sky Sports News. “It’s going to be hard work.
“We want to be as competitive as we can be, we want to compete with the top teams in the league. We go out and try to win, be able to compete.
“The league is what it is. We wanted it to be professional, we wanted it to be the best in the world and attract talent. It’s doing a lot of the things we wanted it to do. The challenge now is to keep that competitive edge going.”
In July 2019, former Super Falcons captain, Desire Oparanozie demanded that Nigeria’s women’s team be paid the same as their male counterparts
The Super Falcons are the continent’s most successful national side with nine titles and remain the only African team to have played at all eight Women’s World Cup finals.
As at the 2019, Super Falcons are entitled to US$3,000 for a win and $1,500 for a draw at major tournaments, while the men’s team receives $10,000 and $5,000 respectively.
“We are the most successful female team in Africa, yet we have the largest disparities between men’s and women’s pay,” Oparanozie said at the 2019 Ladies In Sports (LIS) Conference in Lagos.
“I think we deserve equal pay. This big gap tells a different story and a proper rethink of this mode of payment could also help the women’s game.”
She added, “We have done the nation proud and I think the results over the years are there for all to see.
The team’s impressive run at the 2019 Fifa Women’s World Cup in France was marred by a sit-in protest at their hotel over unpaid bonuses and allowances following a last-16 defeat by Germany.
It was not the first time Nigeria have protested over unpaid bonuses – after winning the Africa Cup of Nations in 2016, the squad staged a public demonstration in Abuja, while in 2004, they sat for three days in their hotel after winning the Africa title until allowances were paid.
Her demands reflect those of the USA women’s team who began legal action against the US Soccer Federation over equal pay in March, four months before retaining the World Cup.