From record-breaking budgets to progress on pay parity, 5 ways in which women’s football reached a new level in 2017
1. Lewes FC became the first football club to reach gender pay parity
Lewes Football Club announced in July that it would pay its women’s team the same as its men’s team, the first professional or semi-professional football club to do so. On the same day, the club launched Equality FC, a campaign to raise awareness about gender inequality in football and encourage more support for women and girls taking part in the game.
2. Record-breaking budgets for the women’s game
2017 saw a record €101.7m (£90.1m) invested into the women’s game by European nations. This figure has more than doubled, from €50.4m (£44.5m), five years ago. England leads the way here, by investing €15m (£13.1m) into women’s football last season alone.
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