The issue of pay differences in the world of sports has been a long-standing problem. Sexism in sports is innate to the development of various sporting activities. In recent times, FIFA’s women’s best player, Megan Rapinoe and Tennis superstar, Serena Williams have taken the matter up and spoken extensively about sexism in the world of sports.
Little continues to change, but the world is hopeful a total change would in the future bring the payment structure of both sexes to par. The United States women’s soccer team even sued the U.S Soccer in 2019 on the merit of gender discrimination in working conditions and earnings. However, the court dismissed their claims and a bid to appeal the decision was also denied.
A change is here, and Brazil has taken the lead. The Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF) on Wednesday, announced that both men’s and women’s national football teams would be paid equally in prize money. “There is no more gender difference, the CBF is treating men and women equally,” CBF chief Rogerio Caboclo noted in a statement.
The CBF further noted that it had also appointed two women’s football coordinators in the persons of Duda Luizelli and Aline Pellegrino. The new development means all players will be offered the same daily payment structure in prize money and bonuses when they represent the country in any footballing event.
Rogerio Caboclo identified that the CBF’s decision on the payment structure for the national teams was taken in March 2020. “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.”
In November last year, the Australian football governing body announced that it had reached a consensus with the player’s union, which seeks to close the gap in pay between the men’s and women’s football teams. In recent times, Norway and New Zealand have also taken steps in the same direction to close the gap in pay structure.