England Lionesses shockingly low wages compared to Englands men

England Lionesses shockingly low wages compared to Englands men

08/05/2022

The Lionesses' victory at Wembley when they were crowned champions of UEFA Women's Euro 2022 was thought to be the first step in a massive change in equality, attitude and support for women’s football.

This is unfortunately not the case. The England’s women team earn a fraction of the amount of their male counterparts.

The Lionesses' bonus for winning the Euro 2022 was £55,000 per player. This may seem like a large amount and cause for celebration, however it dwarves in comparison to the bonus paid to an England’s male football player.

The men's team were paid £300,000 each for reaching the final of Euro 2020. Winning the championship would have resulted in a payout of £460,000 each.

Women’s Super League (WSL) is the highest league of women's football in England. Since the Lionesses’ win, it is set to become even more high profile.

However the Lionesses’ triumph hasn’t translated into a massive payout yet. It is reported that WSL players have an average yearly wage of £47,000.

The average wage of a Premier League player is £60,000 – a week. Even a freelance content creator for TikTok food videos gets paid more than the Lionesses.

A recent advert on a job board showed the yearly salary for creating one 60-second weekly cooking video, to be £58,500. For this, the Tik-Tok creator would have an "excellent understanding of TikTok content, knowledge of content production and editing software and a creative mindset."

One area where there is equality, is payment to each player for an England appearance. Both the men and women's team are paid £2,000 for each England appearance.

The England men donated this fee to charity. It is not all doom and gloom on the payfront for women’s football.

High earners on Team Lionesses include captain Leah Williamson who reportedly earns £200,000 a year. Right-back Lucy Bronze was also said to be in a similar wage bracket when she was at Manchester City before her transfer to Barcelona this summer.

The future is bright for the Lionesses as they consider brand deals, sponsorships and off-field collaborations with big names such as Pepsi, Gucci and Nike. Working with global brands can turbo-charge a player’s earning potential, as players including David Beckham have done in their footballing career.

Beth Mead who plays as a forward for Arsenal and the Lionesses earns £25,000 a year. However she has reportedly massively boosted her salary by choosing well-paying sponsorship deals, a savvy move that has seen her personal fortune skyrocket to £413,000.

It is Sarina Wiegman, Lionesses' manager who is the highest paid, on a reported £400,000 a year salary. Sarina was also paid a bonus of £200,000 for steering the Lionesses to victory.

Her new contract will no doubt include a monetary boost, as she made history with the Lionesses in the Euro 2022 final.

How can Lionesses pay be equalised?

A pragmatic approach for the Lionesses would be to talk figures with the Football Association which runs the WSL. However there seems to be little appetite for pay-rise discussion, especially with the cost of living crisis that is gripping swathes of the country.

In the meantime, footballers’ wages will continue to be debated for the foreseeable future.

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