FA re­veals Eng­land women now paid same as men

The Daily Telegraph - Business - - Sport Football - By Ben Rumsby and Katie Why­att

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.

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