By Jim Birchall

In a world-first, New Zealand Football has agreed to a new Collective Bargaining Agreement, which will give the Women’s Football Ferns parity with the men’s team, known as The All Whites.

New Zealand Football (NZF) and the New Zealand Professional Footballers’ Association (NZPFA) have come to a decision over a new collective bargaining agreement.

“We are pleased to have the Collective Bargaining Agreement confirmed and with parity for both the All Whites and the Football Ferns,” said Andy Martin, Chief ExeThe agreement offers pay parity, equal prize money, equal rights for image use and business class travel while representing New Zealand.

He added the negotiations had been positive and act as a talisman for change within the women’s game when coupled with other initiatives like the new Kate Sheppard Cup, and expansion to two full rounds of the Women’s National League.

“The Football Ferns, who are ranked inside the top 20 in the world, are the flagship of women’s football in New Zealand. They are role models for the 30,000 female players throughout our country. It is important to recognise their contribution and form a revised agreement alongside the PFA”.

“This has been a positive negotiation and I would like to thank the PFA for the manner in which these discussions have taken place. We come out of these discussions well-aligned and excited about what our national teams can achieve in the next three years under this CBA.”