Norway is leading the way for equal pay for female athletes, announcing Saturday it will pay its men's and women's national soccer teams an equal amount. As a result, women who represent the country in global matches will be able to better focus on their sport. In conjunction with other changes by the national team's administration, that will nearly double the renumeration pot for the women's team from 3.1 million kroner to 6 million kroner (about $750,000 USD).
Under the deal, the men will make a financial contribution to the salaries of their female counterparts, according to Reuters.
According to Joachim Walltin, the boss of the players union, Norway is the first nation to officially pay their soccer players equal wages. One reason it will be good for the sport? "The federation can see it as an investment to increase the level of the women's team", he said. For girls, it will make a difference. Some of them are working and studying, as well as playing football, and it's hard to improve then.
Brilliant step in the right direction. Walltin said the details were still to be ironed out but that it was likely that female players would receive a monthly sum dependent on how many national team squads they took part in, while the men would receive their money annually.
A new agreement between Norway's FA and the country's global players will see both their male and female worldwide players receive the same financial compensation when they represent their country. Members of the Irish national team carried out a strike after they were told to change out of their kits during a flight because the kits had to be reused by younger players.
This includes the contribution from the country's male players of 550,000 kroner (€58,500), coming from money that they now receive for commercial activities undertaken as part of the national teams.
In April, the team signed a new contract with the US soccer federation that gave players a 30 percent raise in base pay and additional bonuses for individual games.
It is widely common for men's teams to make more than women's teams, despite performance on the world stage.
As far as ranking countries, Norway sits at the summit - that's if we're going by the measurement of happiness.
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