Norway's FA to pay male and female footballers equally

Norway strike historic pay deal for men's and women's teams

NISO leader Joachim Walltin said: 'We are very pleased with the outcome of negotiations for a new agreement for the national teams. Previously, the women's team was paid a collective yearly salary of roughly $387,000. The new initiative calls for $750,000 to be dedicated to each team.

Women's pay will nearly double, from NOK3.1 million (£296,000/$388,000/€330,000) to NOK6 million (£574,000/$750,000/€639,000), with a contribution of NOK550,000 (£53,000/$69,000/€59,000) from the male players which is now received for commercial activities connected with the national team.

Walltin went on further to say, "In Denmark they are still negotiating and in the U.S. things have improved, but we might be the only country where they are treated equally,". "For the girls, it will certainly make a difference".

NFF president Terje Svendsen added: 'It is acknowledged that women's football in general and the women's team have especially gained increased market value, and that players from the women's team are increasingly used in advertising and communication'.

It is widely common for men's teams to make more than women's teams, despite performance on the world stage.

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In the United States, the issue has been raised not only on social media and at the bargaining table, but in federal court and Congress as well.

Per Grant Wahl of Sports Ilustrated, the Stars and Stripes even took their dispute to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, filing an official action of wage discrimination. Norway's women's team, though, is regarded as exceptionally strong in global soccer, a reputation its male counterpart can not claim.

National team winger Caroline Graham Hansen took to Instagram to thank the male players.

"But this means everything for us, for our team, our sport, and for all the female athletes out there, who do the same work, the same sport as men do, but get paid less".


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