Brazil’s football federation (CBF) have announced that they will pay men and women the same amount for representing the national team, something countries like Australia, Norway and New Zealand are already doing.
That means that players like Marta, Formiga and Christiane will now receive the same fees and allowances 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,(…) It will be proportionally the same as what Fifa proposes for women, that is to say, there will be no more gender difference in remuneration between men and women,” said the federation’s president Rogerio Caboclo.
Swedish coach Pia Sundhage who took over the Brazil women’s national team in March said:
“This is historic. Being a part of this is very special, I’m very grateful.”
Some other news that came from Brazil the same day is that for the first time a woman, Duda Luizelli, has been put in charge of co-ordinating the national women’s team.
The women’s team have reached the World Cup final in 2007 and back-to-back Olympic finals in 2004 and 2008 whilst the men’s team is the most successful in football, having won the World Cup a record five times.