Pay disparity between men's and women's professional football players has been in the spotlight since the United States women's team sued the governing body US football last year alleging gender discrimination in earnings and working conditions
The Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF) said on Wednesday that its men's and women's national soccer teams will receive equal pay and prize money.
"There is no more gender difference, the CBF is treating men and women equally," CBF chief Rogerio Caboclo said in statement.
The CBF said that it had also appointed two women's soccer coordinators, Duda Luizelli and Aline Pellegrino.
Brazil have announced they will become one of the few nations to pay their women's and men's football teams equally.— Sky Sports News (@SkySportsNews) September 3, 2020
Pay disparity between men's and women's professional soccer players has been in the spotlight since the United States women's team sued the governing body U.S. Soccer last year alleging gender discrimination in earnings and working conditions.
The team's claims were dismissed by a court in May and a bid to immediately appeal the decision was denied.
Australian soccer's governing body said in November that it had reached agreement with the players' union on a new collective bargaining agreement that "closes the pay gap" between the men's and women's teams.
Brazil announce that they are now paying the women’s team the same as the men.— B/R Football (@brfootball) September 2, 2020
“There is no more gender difference.” 🙏 pic.twitter.com/cXnWPEjb62
New Zealand and Norway have also moved to address the pay gap between their male and female players.
The Brazil women's team reached the World Cup final in 2007 and Olympic finals in 2004 and 2008.
This is a huge step for gender equality & closing the pay gap! Fantastic announcement from Brazil! Let’s hope other countries and sectors follow in their footsteps. 🎉🎉https://t.co/515qPDxL38— Women's Equality Party (@WEP_UK) September 3, 2020