Equal pay for England and Brazil’s men and women football teams

The two countries join a select group consisting of Australia, Norway and New Zealand that pay their men and women footballers the same money.  

Brazil’s Neymar [pictured playing for PSG] and Marta [R], the women’s football captain will earn the same pay while representing the national team.

Reports have recently emerged of a parity in payment to the men and women representing England and Brazil’s national football team.

For all it’s mishappenings, the year 2020 has been socially progressive too. CBF President Rogerio Cabolco has said that the men and women have been receiving the same pay since March, 2020.

National team players are paid match allowances rather than weekly wages. Last year, the CBF authorized Brazil’s competitive league to pay the same prize money to men and women.  

“The men’s players earn the same as the women’s players during their call-ups. What they receive daily, the women also receive,” Cabolco said at a news conference.

“What the men will gain by winning or advancing at the Olympics next year will be the same as the women will have.

“There is no more gender difference, as the CBF is treating men and women equally.”

The move puts Brazil’s veteran women players Marta, Formiga and Cristiane in the same pay bracket as global superstars Neymar, Alisson Becker, Philippe Coutinho and Willian. 

The measure will apply on 2021 Tokyo Olympics, FIFA World Cup in 2022 and the Women’s World Cup in 2023.

Brazillian football has flourished over the years with their unique Joga Bonito and Samba style of football.

The men’s football team are record five-time World Cup winners. They’re also nine-time winners of their continental championship, the Copa America.

The women’s team has been successful too. They reached the World Cup 2007 final and won the olympic Silver medal in 2004 and 2008.  

England doing the same

Soon after Brazil’s announcement, England’s FA revealed that they had been doing the same since January.

A statement read,  “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.”

Ellen White celebrates a goal in the 2019 Women’s World Cup. The England women will be entitled to the same allowances as the men’s national team.

USWNT- Federation feud 

In March 2019 – months before winning the World Cup in France, the US Women’s National Team [USWNT] had sued their federation for discriminatory pay.

The judge had dismissed their case but the team, led by Megan Rapinoe, had appealed. The long running dispute has since gone public but the team hopes to recover $66 million in damages under the Equal Pay Act.     

FIFA Best Player of the Year 2019, Rapinoe has repeatedly sought Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi to join her appeal for equal pay.

Differences in pay still prevail in club football. Analysts say that the inability to sell a stadium is where the women players are losing out. 

As a result, women footballers are valued far less than the males. Transfer fees for women footballers dwarf in comparison to men. 

To put things in perspective, Neymar Jr. became the most expensive footballer when he joined PSG from Barcelona in 2017. The fee was believed to be £200 million. Pernille Harder became a record signing in women’s football when she joined Chelsea Women for £300,000.       

Top women footballers are paid six-figure salaries per annum, at the most. Include sponsorship deals and social media earnings, the best men footballers earn close to 100 times that amount.   

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