Serie A Femminile to go fully pro after Italian government ruling
The ruling removes the current salary cap and allows teams in Serie A Femminile, the top flight of women’s soccer in Italy, to pay their players a higher wage.
According to L Football, the senate has allocated €11 million (US$12 million) over the next three years to allow semi-professional clubs to make the transition.
Up until now, players in Serie A Femminile have earned just €60 (US$67) per week and a match bonus of €77 (US$86).
Katia Serra, spokesperson for the Italian Players’ Association (AIC), told L Football: “We are very happy. Now the alibi that professionalism is too expensive no longer works.
“The €11 million allocated are a sufficient fund for the necessary economic coverage. This is only a first step, fundamental to building professionalism together with the Italian Football Federation (FIGC) and all the federations interested in finally giving equal treatment to women athletes.”
The new law will come into play in January 2020, although most changes will likely be made over the summer.
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