New Zealand was a leader in offering female players the same wage as males

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The New Zealand Football Federation (NZF) has just announced a new deal to employ female football players to earn the same wage and training requirements as the men’s side.

Through this move, New Zealand became one of the first countries in the world to have a fair playing field for female players. Andy Martin-NZF CEO, said: “This statement shows that we are committed to fair representation, regardless of whether it’s a men’s or a women’s soccer game and will continue to expand in all aspects of football.”

The contract does not seem to carry any wealth to the female athletes, as the New Zealand men’s squad, currently ranked 133 in the world, still receives less relative to the world’s famous teams. Women’s national striker Sarah Gregorius claims, however, that the current contract is an important concept of respecting women’s attempts to play soccer. “It’s like a beautiful line we’re making in the desert,” she said to the radio in New Zealand. Who you belong to, what sex you belong to, you get the 

same love and reverence when you wear New Zealand football team.

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Women’s players continue to campaign for fair justice

New Zealand’s move came after the Norwegian Football Association reached an agreement to pay fair pay for men’s and women ‘s teams last year. Specifically in New Zealand, female players will earn the same amount of compensation for each match, the same amount of copyright and the same bonus. Female players will now experience the same on-the-go conveniences, ensuring that their sisters will no longer have to travel the economy class while their male co-stars are in the business class. 

Earlier this year, the New Zealand Rugby Union announced that the Women’s Side (the five-time World Championship Squad) will now be invited to sign a professional contract for the first time.