“It’s a huge step in the progression of the women’s game in Malta, partnering with the MFPA and reaching an improved agreement with the MFA," team captain Emma Lipman told FIFPRO.
Thanks to this agreement, the women’s national team players will be covered if they get injured while playing for their national team. They will also enjoy benefits such as personalised kits improved match recovery facilities, and a dedicated home dressing room before international matches. An agreement has also been reached over the remuneration for the players forming part of the women’s senior squad during international windows.
“As players we want to be in the best position possible, so we are able to give our all on and off the pitch”, said Lipman, who among others played for Manchester City and now plays for Italian club Como. “We are aware of the bigger picture and hope that by improving relationships and resources now, we will leave the national team in a better place for those who follow us.”
MFPA President Anthony Galea said: “This Memorandum of Understanding is a very important first step towards better and equal conditions for women in football. While thanking the players for showing trust in the MFPA, we would like to congratulate them for being great ambassadors for our country. The MFPA is proud and honoured to support their efforts on the road to professionalizing women’s football in Malta. We would also like to show our appreciation to the MFA.”
“Right now is an exciting time for football in general in Malta”, Lipman added. “The men’s team are in a good spell of results and performances under new management and we are equally contributing to the island with a great start in our World Cup Qualifiers.”
“I hope that this improved agreement is just the start of something special, because although our island is small our potential is huge!”