- In a bid to foster equality in the sporting industry in New Zealand their FA have agreed to pay both the women and men players equal prize money
- Norway started this plan since last year december
- Meanwhile many more countries and FAs are expected to embrace this new idea to empower their sports women
New Zealand Football Association have reportedly concluded plans to reward their women national teams equal prize money as their men’s team according to Mashable.com.
The Oceania country took the bold step to foster equality amongst their sports as they have reached an agreement which will see international players representing the country paid equally.
Apart from being paid equal amount by the government, they (the women) will also have equal rights for image use and notably, have the same travel benefits as their male counterparts.
This means that the female players will fly business class for six hours or more whenever they are representing their country.
It's an important benefit given much of the national team — dubbed the Football Ferns — compete in European or U.S. leagues, like captain Ali Riley, who plays for Swedish club FC Rosengård.
"The Football Ferns, who are ranked inside the top 20 in the world, are the flagship of women's football in New Zealand.
"They are role models for the 30,000 female players throughout our country," New Zealand Football chief executive, Andy Martin, said in a statement.
The new idea was taken from Norway, which already agreed to pay their international female and male players the same wages when they represent the country since last December.
Though, this is still alien to club football across the globe but English club side, Lewes FC became the first club to have achieved this feat last year.
Meanwhile, the England Football Association have also vowed to reduce the gender pay gap among club staff.
Brazilian forward Neymar, will earn $44.6 million (37.4 million EUR) playing for French club Paris Saint Germain in the 2017-18 season alone.
An amount which is enough to pay the salary of over 1,693 female players across top seven leagues according to report compiled by Sporting Intelligence last year.
Though, men’s football leagues have long been established, attracting larger crowds and thus television deals, but report disclosed that for each professional women's footballer, there are at least 106 men making a full-time living from the sport.
Therefore, the need to strengthen the women footballers and their leagues across the world, but not many have embraced the idea at this point.
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