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Irish FA agrees equal pay deal for men’s and women’s teams


London (AFP) – The Football Association of Ireland (FAI) hailed on Monday “a ground-breaking deal for Irish sport” after an agreement was reached for the Republic or Ireland’s male and female footballers to receive equal pay for internationals.

As part of the deal, the men’s team have agreed to reduce their match fees with the FAI matching that contribution to increase pay for the female players.

“The Football Association of Ireland is proud to announce that players representing the Republic of Ireland senior men and senior women’s international teams will receive the same match fees on international duty with immediate effect in a ground-breaking deal for Irish sport,” the FAI said in a statement.

England, Brazil, Australia, Norway and New Zealand are among the other nations to have publicly committed to paying their men and women players the same amount for earning a senior cap.

“This is a great day for Irish football,” said Ireland women’s team captain Katie McCabe.

“We have taken a huge step forward with this deal and have shown the world what can be achieved through unity as we offer male and female international players the same opportunities.”

Everton defender Seamus Coleman said the Irish men’s team were happy to play their part in ensuring a deal could be reached.

“We are delighted as players to do what we can to ensure that our female international players are treated equally and fairly and we remain fully committed to doing whatever we can to achieve that goal together,” said Coleman.

The FAI said the equal pay will begin immediately with September’s internationals and “equality of approach” has also been agreed with regard to bonuses for tournament qualification.

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3 Comments

  1. greg

    August 30, 2021 at 3:49 pm

    Or Don, maybe a way to think of it is that there was a pay imbalance to begin with and the men aren’t “giving up” anything but more realizing they are just their(*) part to correct the imbalance. Sometimes doing the right thing requires a bit of sacrifice if you now you got to where you are in a way that’s not equitable. We don’t know they’re making “pennies on the dollar” (well, Euros) but money isn’t usually the primary motivator in playing for country.

    Also worth noting that the FAI has been horribly mismanaged of late, and there could be more money to go around for both teams (or at least to pay women more without cutting men’s wages) if the teams are more competitive and the money not getting wasted or siphoned off.

    See this piece:
    https://www.theguardian.com/football/2019/dec/12/fai-in-meltdown-debts-and-dysfunction-put-irish-football-in-peril

    …and this book:
    https://uk.bookshop.org/books/champagne-football-john-delaney-and-the-betrayal-of-irish-football-the-inside-story/9781844884933?aid=14

    @Mercator, bringing other country’s women’s team up to grade isn’t related to whether the Irish or US women’s teams get paid more. That’s where FIFA and the regional confederations should be stepping up. There’s plenty of money in the game, too much just goes to corrupt suits like Infantino & his cronies.

    (*) notice it’s “their” for possessive, “there” to indicate direction or position

  2. Mercator

    August 30, 2021 at 2:46 pm

    I don’t think most of the Men are playing for their country for the money in any case. It’s a subsidy for the women’s game, which is fine as the women’s game should be subsidised more. It’s also a pretty sustainable subsidy – if you can afford to pay the men you can afford to pay the women – it’s not some blackhole where you throw money into a failing league year after year.

    I think the biggest issue is it enriches the already relatively rich (women’s teams in rich developed countries), while doing nothing to get the game off the ground in many parts of the world. I don’t actually care if the US women’s team gets paid more for example, they are all richer than me already. My priority as a fan of the game would be ensuring teams like the Thai women’s team have a base level of facilities, training and enough pay that they can focus on football full time, so that they can effectively compete instead of getting smashed by 12 goals against a bunch of well off women from richer countries.

  3. Don Dickerson

    August 30, 2021 at 2:21 pm

    As part of the deal, the men’s team have agreed to reduce their match fees with the FAI matching that contribution to increase pay for the female players.

    So basically the men has to give up money to make this an equal pay situation.

    It will be interesting to see the star players on if they decide to play in the lesser meaningful matches. I expect them to say they won’t play as they don’t want to risk there heath for pennies on the dollar.

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