Spain women’s and men’s soccer teams to receive equal bonuses

  • Pact also promises improved working conditions
  • Deal comes ahead of Women’s Euro 2022
  • RFEF say it is committed to reducing the pay gap between men’s and women’s national teams

The Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) has announced a new five-year agreement which will see its female national team soccer players receive the same bonuses as their male counterparts.

The deal will also enable players to earn money from the national governing body’s future sponsorships, receive income from image rights, as well as securing improvements to working conditions.

The RFEF did not give specific examples or figures of the agreement. Currently, soccer players do not earn fixed salaries for representing their country. Instead, federations decide how they will be remunerated, which can be through appearance fees, bonuses for progress at tournaments, image rights payments or a share of sponsorship deals.

The agreement, effective immediately, comes as the Spanish women’s national team prepares for the Uefa European Women’s Football Championship, which gets underway on 6th July in England.

As well as the next two Women’s Euros, the scheme is set to cover the 2023 and 2027 Fifa Women’s World Cups, as well as the Paris 2024 Olympic Games.

Irene Paredes, captain of the Spanish national team, hailed the move as a “historic day”.

Luis Rubiales, president of the RFEF, added: “We have to promote women’s sport. We are working to shorten the distances with the men and we are grateful to the players for trusting in the benefits of this agreement. ”

SportsPro says…

The RFEF’s multi-year agreement continues efforts from major national soccer governing bodies to close the pay gap between its men’s and women’s teams.

Notable examples include the Football Association (FA) in England, the Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF), Football Australia, as well as Norway and New Zealand’s national soccer bodies, who have all committed to pay male and female senior players the same for representing the national team.

The most-high profile, and acrimonious, equal pay agreement this year arrived in February, after 28 US women’s national team (USWNT) players who filed a gender discrimination lawsuit against US Soccer reached a settlement. It ended a long-running dispute over pay and working conditions dating back to 2016.

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