The Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF) said this week that its men’s and women’s national soccer teams would 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 a statement.
The CBF said it had also appointed two women’s soccer coordinators, Duda Luizelli and Aline Pellegrino.
Pay disparity between male and female professional soccer player has been in the spotlight since the US women’s team sued governing body US 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.
Australia’s soccer governing body Football Federation Australia said in November that it had reached an agreement with the players’ union on a new collective bargaining agreement that “closes the pay gap” between men’s and women’s teams.
New Zealand and Norway have also moved to address the pay gap between male and female players.
The Brazil women’s team reached the World Cup final in 2007 and Olympic finals in 2004 and 2008. – Reuters