Norway will now pay their male and female football players the same amount, the Norwegian football association has announced.
Players’ union boss Joachim Walltin announced the move in what could be the first of it’s kind for the sport.
Female internationals reportedly earn £296,000 at the moment but that figure will increase to £574,000, including contributions from their male counterparts which will ensure parity. The male Norwegian players will give £47,875, money that they receive for commercial activities.
“Norway is a country where equal standing is very important for us, so I think it is good for the country and for the sport,” Walltin said.
“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. Some of them are actually working and studying, as well as playing football, and it’s hard to improve then. The feeling of being really respected is very important for them. The federation can see it as an investment to increase the level of the women’s team.”
Norwegian FA president Terje Svendsen said he was “incredibly proud” of the decision.
Caroline Graham Hansen, a current international footballer, praised the generosity of the male side in an Instagram post that read:
“This was maybe a small thing for you to do for us. This will maybe not show in your monthly wages. This was maybe an obvious move for you to do! This though means everything for us! For our team! For our sport! But not at least for all the female athletes out there, who does the same work, same sport as men’s do, but get paid less!
“For you to say that equal pay is how it should be, makes me wanna cry! Makes me Wanna hug you all! Thank you for making this step for female athletes. For showing equality and for helping us all, making it a bit easier, to chase our dreams. To make them come true!”