Serie A Femminile to go fully pro after Italian government ruling

Serie A Femminile to go fully pro after Italian government ruling
The budget committee of the Senato della Repubblica, a house of the Italian parliament, has passed a new law allowing for women’s soccer in the country to be fully professionalised for the first time.

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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