New Zealand Football announce parity for male and female football players08 May 2018

NewZealandFootballandtheNewZealandProfessionalFootballers’Association(NZPFA) havecometogethertocompletetheirCollectiveBargainingAgreement(CBA)andbecometheleadingnationalsportsorganisationtoagreeonequityandparityfortheirseniormen’sandwomen’snationalteams.

The revised CBA offers four key factors for both the elite male and female footballers: pay parity, equal prize money, equal rights for image use and, most notably, parity across travel while representing New Zealand.

New Zealand Football Chief Executive Andy Martin said this is a significant announcement for football in the country.

“We are pleased to have the CBA confirmed and with parity for both the All Whites and the Football Ferns,

“The Football Ferns, who are ranked inside the top 20 in the world, are the flagship of women’s football in New Zealand. They are role models for the 30,000 female players throughout our country. It is important to recognise their contribution and form a revised agreement alongside the PFA,”

“This has been a positive negotiation and I would like to thank the NZPFA for the manner in which these discussions have taken place. We come out of these discussions well-aligned and excited about what our national teams can achieve in the next three years under this CBA.” said Martin.

Harry Ngata, a former All White and the New Zealand Professional Footballers’ Association Chief Executive, is likewise pleased with the terms of the new agreement.

“We are delighted to have a combined agreement across our All Whites and Football Ferns,”

“We are confident this will add positive benefits to our elite programmes, not just for today’s players but for those of tomorrow. The focus on gender equality was a significant outcome the men were extremely passionate about. We’re looking forward to ensuring the success of our national teams,” Ngata explained.

The CBA announcement comes on the back of some significant news for women’s football in this country with the recent launch of the Kate Sheppard Cup and the expansion of the Women’s National League to two rounds from the upcoming season.

“It is an exciting time for football in this country,” New Zealand Football Chief Executive added.