In a remarkable development, the South American country’s football federation announced that the members of the Brazil women’s football team will be paid on par with their male counterparts. This places the Latin American country among one of the few countries to make such a pledge. Now, players such as Marta, Formiga and Leticia Santos will receive the same fees and allowances as global superstars such as Neymar, Gabriel Jesus and Roberto Firmino
“The CBF has equalled the prize money and allowances between men’s and women’s football, which means the women players will earn the same as the men,” the federation’s president Rogerio Caboclo told the media. Caboclo added that national women’s team coach Pia Sundhage was informed of the decision in March.
“Since March of this year, CBF has made an equal value in terms of prizes and daily rates between men’s and women’s football. That is, the players earn the same thing as the players during the calls. What they receive by daily call, women also receive. What they will gain by conquering or by staging the Olympics next year will be the same as the men will have,” Caboclo added.
Coach Sundhage welcomed the move calling it “historic.” “Being a part of this is very special, I’m very grateful,” she added.
This decision is applicable to the national teams participating in the Olympic Games in Tokyo next year, as well as the next men’s and women’s World Cup tournaments. Brazil is currently eighth in the FIFA women’s world rankings, behind the US, Germany, France, Netherlands, Sweden, England and Australia.
Australia, Norway and New Zealand are among the nations to previously decide to pay their men and women internationals the same amount. Members of the US women’s team filed a lawsuit against their federation in March because of alleged discrimination over wages. A federal judge ruled against the players, who have since lodged an appeal.