Members of the Finnish women’s national football team have signed a new four year deal which guarantees them equal pay with the men’s national team.
“We want to be involved in the development of a more responsible and equal society” says Finnish Football Associate Chair Ari Lahti.
“Hopefully our example will also challenge and inspire the media, partners and supporters to invest in women’s football” he says.
Women’s national team captain Tinja-Riikka Korpela, who plays for English side Everton, says the new deal is an important milestone for Finnish football and the sports community.
“Now we not only share common dreams and goals but also a common contract with the same content. 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” says goalkeeper Korpela.
Other Finnish national team players shared their excitement at the new deal on social media. Linda Sällström, who plays for Paris FC, posted to her Twitter account that it was “a proud day for Finnish football.”
Hieno päivä. Tunnen ylpeyttä olla suomalainen jalkapalloilija. Yhteisten unelmien ja tavoitteiden lisäksi jaamme nyt Suomen A-maajoukkueissa samansisältöiset pelaajasopimukset🇫🇮 #OiSuomiOn #Helmarit #Huuhkajat #yhdessä #Supersyksy pic.twitter.com/T3dtTjxmQM
— Linda Sällström (@LindaSallstrom) September 3, 2019