The Republic of Ireland Football Association announced on Monday that its senior men’s and women’s teams will receive equal pay in the future.
The announcement comes after years of sometimes controversial negotiations which included the women’s team threatening to go on strike in 2017.
“It’s a big day for Irish football,” Irish captain and Arsenal wing Katie McCabe said. “We have taken a big step forward with this deal and have shown the world what can be achieved through unity in providing the same opportunities for international male and female players. I am very proud as the Irish captain of the job. which has been accomplished for us brings us to this point, not only by the current squad but by so many Irish players in the past. They are the real heroes of this story, they took a stand and they passed the baton to the generation current. “
McCabe also credited the men’s team with helping in their fight for equality.
“[Captain] Seamus Coleman and his senior men’s teammates also deserve credit for being brave enough to support us in such a progressive way on this issue, “said McCabe.” It’s really appreciated.
The deal means that men’s fees will be reduced with the FAI matching that contribution to equalize payments between the two teams.
“We are delighted as players to do what we can to ensure that our international players are treated equally and fairly and we remain fully committed to doing all we can to achieve this together,” said Coleman, who is also Captain of Everton.
The Irish start their 2023 Women’s World Cup qualifying campaign next month with a three-fixture list with Slovakia, Finland and Sweden. Georgia are the fifth team in the group.