• May 11, 2018
Local clubs are excited about the impact pay parity will have on the women's competition. Photo: Tiffany Salmond.
New Zealand’s top footballers will now receive equal working conditions regardless of gender.
On Tuesday New Zealand Football and the New Zealand Professional Footballers' Association announced a new Collective Bargaining Agreement for the All Whites and Football Ferns.
The agreement includes pay parity, equal prize money, equal rights for image use and parity across travel while representing New Zealand.
Mark Bailey, Onehunga Sports Football Club representative, says one of the main aims for the club is to have a solid pathway for women’s football and a clear stepping stone to a full-time career in football.
“We certainly see the recent announcement in a very positive light.
“What we have to do as a club is to continue to encourage young girls to take up football and ensure there are teams to join.
“But above all we need to raise the level of coaching at the club.
“We believe we are making progress and now with the announcement of equal working conditions for the girls I’m sure it will encourage a whole new generation of girls wanting to give the sport a go,” says Mr Bailey.
Martin Bolton, Bucklands Beach Association Football Club captain and women’s convener, says the recent change in pay equity for women’s football is a positive outcome for all females playing the game in New Zealand.
“It provides the appropriate recognition to encourage those that already play at the top level to continue to do so.
“And encourage those who are aspiring international players to work hard to achieve their goals without financial disparity,” says Mr Bolton.
He says it’s good for society as a whole to see women aligned financially with their male counterparts and hopes the new initiative will encourage more young girls to play the game.
New Zealand Football and the New Zealand Professional Footballers' Association were unable to be reached for comment.