Norway to pay male and female internationals equally


"Compared to the women, we men have been very privileged, so it wasn't a hard decision", said Stefan Johansen, the men's team captain, in a statement. The new earnings for the women's team will come at a cost for the men's team, which agreed to donate a small portion of its commercial earnings, which the men's team has received in sponsorship deals, despite putting up consistently worse performances than their female counterparts.

The Norwegian Football Association has announced that it will pay male and female players the equally.

"For the girls, it will certainly make a difference", Walltin said.

Caroline Graham Nansen, who plays her football for last season's German double-winners VfL Wolfsburg, took to Instagram to post: "It means everything for us, for our team, for our sport!"

"I just think that's how it should be", he said.

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This includes a contribution of 550,000 Krone ($112,000) by the male players, money they now receive for commercial activities undertaken as part of the national teams. Thank you for making this step for female athletes. "For showing equality and helping us all, making it a bit easier, to chase our dreams", she wrote alongside a picture of the men's side. The feeling of being really respected is very important for them.

This news comes at a time when several women's national teams are protesting both equal pay as well as other labor conditions. Denmark recently canceled a friendly match against Holland because the women refused to take the pitch as part of their protest of unequal pay.

In March 2016, the U.S. Women's National Team accused U.S. Soccer of wage discrimination and filed a lawsuit against the federation that is still pending a court's decision.

It is typical, worldwide, for women's teams to have fewer resources, including salaries, than men's teams.