The Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF) has announced that both its men’s and women’s national teams will receive equal pay, becoming one of the few nations to have done so.
The new ruling will be applied to the teams that participate in the rescheduled Olympics next year and in future World Cup tournaments.
Brazil join the list of equal payees amongst New Zealand, Australia and Norway who have removed any pay disparity between the two teams.
The confederations president, Rogerio Coboclo said: “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."
The CBF has also moved to appoint women’s soccer coordinators, Duda Luizelli and Aline Pellegrino.
The gender pay gap in football has long been an issue that has faced scrutiny across the world. In the US, the women’s soccer team sued the governing body for gender discrimination in earnings and working conditions. The team’s claims were dismissed in May of this year and an appeal was also denied.
It was revealed that the US women’s soccer team was paid four times less than the men’s team and was even paid $7 million less in prize money despite winning the World Cup competition in 2014, whereas the men’s team was knocked out in the round of 16.
Australia closed the pay gap in November 2019 in an agreement with the players’ union on a new collective bargaining agreement.
Author: Jake Wilkin