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Brazil has equal pay policy for women’s and men’s national team

Brazil soccer equal pay

SAN DIEGO, CA - JULY 30: Megan Rapinoe #15 of the United States talks with Marta #10 of Brazil during the first half of a match in the 2017 Tournament of Nations at Qualcomm Stadium on July 30, 2017 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)

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The Brazilian Football Confederation says it agreed in March to pay women’s national team players the same as their peers on the men’s side, the BBC reported Wednesday.

Brazil’s women played the Netherlands, France, and Canada at the 2020 Tournoi de France in March, though it’s unclear whether the policy was in place before the games concluded on March 10. The men last played in November.

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Here’s confederation president Rogerio Caboclo, via the BBC:

“There is no more gender difference, as the CBF is treating men and women equally,” he said. “What they will gain by conquering or by staging the Olympics next year will be the same as the men will have.”

The United States women’s national team has been involved in what’s been described broadly as an equal pay dispute for years, supported by their peers on the USMNT.

The USWNT players appealed a recent dismissal of their lawsuit by a judge who ruled that the women’s claim that they were being paid less than the men was insufficient to warrant a trial.

Agree with the women’s law suit or not, that’s a weird legal call (though this comes with the obvious distinction that we are not a staff of judges at ProSoccerTalk).