FERW strongly condemns the recent remarks made by Alejandro Dominguez, the president of CONMEBOL, regarding ‘Equal Pay’ at the Women’s World Cup in Australia and New Zealand.

Dominguez’s dismissive attitude towards the issue of equal pay in women’s football is deeply concerning and undermines the ongoing efforts to achieve gender parity in sports. The Women’s World Cup is a global showcase of talent and dedication, where female athletes pour their hearts and souls into the game. It is disheartening to see such a high-ranking official within FIFA display a lack of understanding and support for the fundamental principle of fair compensation.

While the US National team’s triumph in securing equal compensation last year was a significant step forward, it is crucial to remember that many women’s national teams continue to struggle for fair wages and resources. The journey to equality is far from over, and it is the responsibility of FIFA and its member associations to proactively address this issue.

In contrast to Dominguez’s pessimistic views, FERW firmly believes in the value and potential of women’s football. The tremendous growth and increasing popularity of the women’s game are evident. To unleash its full potential, we must foster an environment of inclusivity and equal opportunities.

Equal pay is not just a matter of financial remuneration; it is a statement of respect and acknowledgment for the hard work and dedication of these exceptional athletes. By perpetuating gender pay gaps, we risk perpetuating the inequalities that have long plagued the sporting world.

FERW calls on FIFA and CONMEBOL to take a strong and principled stand in advocating for equal pay across all football competitions. This commitment must be backed by concrete actions, including increased investments in women’s football, equitable prize money distribution, and fair wages for female players.

The Women’s World Cup represents an unparalleled opportunity to showcase the skills and talents of women on the global stage. By embracing the principles of equality and fairness, FIFA and its affiliated associations can lead the way in promoting gender equality in sports.

FERW urges Alejandro Dominguez and all members of FIFA to reevaluate their stance on equal pay and actively work towards leveling the playing field for women in football. Together, we can create a future where every athlete, regardless of gender, is valued, respected, and provided with equal opportunities to thrive.

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