New Zealand Football and the New Zealand Professional Footballers’ Association (NZPFA) have announced a landmark Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) for their men's and women's footballers.
The new CBA will see equity and parity for New Zealand's senior men’s and women’s national teams.
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 parity across travel while representing New Zealand.
“We are pleased to have the Collective Bargaining Agreement confirmed and with parity for both the All Whites and the Football Ferns,” NZ Football Chief Executive Andy Martin said.
“The Football Ferns, who are ranked inside the top 20 in the world, are the flagship of women’s football in New Zealand.
"It is important to recognise their contribution and form a revised agreement alongside the PFA,” he said.
Former Football Ferns captain Abby Ecreg, who had retired from international football in February 2017 due to the way NZ Football treated female players, made a return to the national team earlier this year after changes to the governing body attitudes.
Some of those changes included talks about this CBA.
“We are confident this will add positive benefits to our elite programmes, not just for today’s players but for those of tomorrow," former All White and the NZPFA Chief Executive Harry Ngata said.
"The focus on gender equality was a significant outcome the men were extremely passionate about,” he added.