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The players of the Swedish women’s national team agreed to a new deal with their country’s football association which brings their pay and conditions closer to the men’s national team.

The men and women’s national teams already had similar conditions for training camps, travel and hotels.

“The players are really happy with this result, they feel much more recognized than before,” said Magnus Erlingmark, secretary general of player union Spelarföreningen which negotiated on behalf of the female footballers.

The Swedish FA and the player union did not disclose details of the agreement that runs from 1 January 2017 until 31 December 2020. However, union representative Caroline Jönsson said it was a “significant better deal”.

"It is a fair agreement, which enables the Swedish team to compete with the top countries in women’s international football,” added Jönsson, who also chairs FIFPro's women’s football committee.

The Swedish player union negotiated for more than six months with the Swedish football association.

Earlier this year, players in Norway agreed to equitable terms for the men’s and women’s national team, while their colleagues in Ireland and Scotland also negotiated improved contracts.

Unions in Denmark, the Netherlands and New Zealand are among currently in talks with their national associations about new terms for their women’s national team.

 

Player reactions:

Nilla Fischer: “It feels very good that an agreement is finally in place. It is a deal that is a step forward for us and the union.”

Hedvig Lindahl: "I am proud. This agreement allows Swedish national team players to continue to compete for medals. This also sends positive signals to young players.”

Lotta Schelin: “At last we can put all this behind us. We needed these better conditions for Swedish national players. I'm proud of everyone who has been involved in this process.”

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