FA reveals England women now paid same as men
The Football Association has announced that it now pays women players the same as men for representing England.
The FA disclosed yesterday that gender parity in terms of match fees and bonuses for its national teams had been in place since January – a day after its Brazilian counterpart announced it had achieved the same goal in March.
That was just two months after England players Jordan Nobbs and Beth England called on the FA to follow Australia, New Zealand and
Norway and pay them the same as members of the men’s team.
Asked why the FA had not announced the ground-breaking move at the time, a spokesman suggested officials could have deemed gender parity should be a given rather than something to trumpet.
It also does not end the disparity in potential earnings playing for England, with Fifa and Uefa paying vastly different tournament bonuses to men and women.
Despite both genders having earned match fees of £2,000 prior to this year, England’s women stood to take home £50,000 each had they won last year’s World Cup. That compared with £217,000 each for the men at the 2018 equivalent.
The difference in prize money awarded to the national association of the winning team was even more stark, with France given £23.4million at the 2018 World Cup and the United States awarded £3.1million for the 2019 tournament.
England’s women are all on central contracts ranging from around £15,000 to £30,000 a year, on top of their club salaries. They are due to return to action following the lockdown in a friendly in Germany at the end of next month.