Finnish FA announces equal pay for male and female football players

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The Finnish FA has announced they will adopt an equal pay structure for male and female national team players in a historic moment for women’s football.

Female players have signed a four-year contract with the Finnish FA that will see them earn the same as their male counterparts in terms of win and draw bonuses.

Finland hope the move will inspire other nations to follow suit.

"We want to be involved in the development of a more responsible and equal society,” Finnish Football Associate chairman Ari Lahti said, per the Daily Mail.

"Hopefully our example will also challenge and inspire the media, partners and supporters to invest in women's football."

Finland’s women’s captain Tinja-Riikka Korpela believes the decision is a step in the right direction.

“Now we not only share common dreams and goals but also a common contract with the same content,” she said following the announcement.

“For many of us the contract is important not only economically but also in a tangible way that the [men's and women's] A-Teams are equal.”

Tim Sparv, who captains the men’s team, has long advocated for equality in national teams, suggesting men should be prepared to lower their own bonuses.

He welcomed the FA’s news.

“This contract is truly significant. I'm really pleased for the women's team. The [Finnish] Football Association is a pioneer in this way," Sparv told Yle Sports.

"I am glad that we have been a small part of this process and delighted that we have been able to help in this way.”

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US women’s national team star Megan Rapinoe helped to bring the matter to light during the summer.

“I think it’s fair for us to ask that when we play a game, and we win that game or we tie that game or we lose that game, that we should be paid the same as our male counterparts,” Rapinoe said after winning the World Cup, per the Independent.

“I don’t think that’s an unrealistic or unreasonable ask, to have equality.”

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