Written by Oluwaseun Oyediji
European champions, England women’s national team want an agreed talk with the FA to sort out the lingering bonus row which started ahead of the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup in Australia and New Zealand.
The team demanded pay from the FA coffers apart from the ones stipulated by FIFA before the World Cup but decided to let it slide and focus on the tournament where they reached the final for the first time with a 1-0 loss to Spain last month.
As the team prepares for the maiden UEFA Women’s Nations League later this month, players want the bonus row to be attended to and an agreement reached with the FA before the tournament which will determine the team’s qualification for the 2024 Olympics in France and the group they will belong to at the next Euros.
There is no suggestion the players will go on strike, or they will look to reduce their media and commercial duties while on FA duty.
“We are disappointed that a resolution has still not been achieved,” the squad said in a statement back in July ahead of the World Cup.
“We view the successful conclusion of these discussions, through player input and a transparent long-term plan, as key for the growth of Women’s Football in England.”
FIFA changed the rules for the World Cup to try to ensure that all the players at the tournament, whatever country they are from, earn the same as their opponents who reach the same stage of the competition.
That means bonuses were set for each round, with all players receiving £24,000 if they got knocked out in the group stages, and £213,000 if they went on to win the World Cup.
Nine-time African champions, Nigeria and some other teams had similar bonus row issues ahead of the World Cup.
The inaugural Women’s Nations League commences on Thursday, September 21, with England up against Scotland, the Netherlands, and Belgium in League A Group A1.
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This year Olympic qualification is up for grabs, with the two Nations League finalists joining 2024 hosts France to represent Europe.
The outcome of the tournament will also help to decide which group England are in for 2025 Euros and 2027 World Cup qualification.
With so much on the line, England will need to turn World Cup final disappointment into focus in less than six weeks.
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