England women reach agreement with FA over bonuses, says Bright

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FILE PHOTO: Soccer Football – Women’s UEFA Nations League – England Press conference – St George’s Park, Burton upon Trent, Britain – September 21, 2023 England’s Millie Bright during the press conference Action Images via Reuters/John Sibley/File Photo

(Reuters) – The England women’s team have reached an agreement with the Football Association (FA) over pay and bonuses, stand-in skipper Millie Bright said on Thursday.

The squad had initially paused discussions ahead of the Women’s World Cup, where England finished runners-up after losing the final to Spain.

“We’ve come to an agreement,” Williamson told reporters ahead of Friday’s Nations League game against Scotland.

“We’ve had a really good conversation with the FA and expressed that we want to be world leaders both on and off the pitch.

“That conversation was needed and the conversations will be ongoing between the leadership team and the FA. We’re really positive that, moving forward, things will be different. Overall it was very good.”

The players were locked in dispute with the FA after the announcement that world governing body FIFA would directly pay individual fees to players at the World Cup starting at $30,000 and rising to $270,000 for each member of the winning team.

But the FA’s decision not to offer the England team bonus payments on top of the fees they will earn from FIFA had been a bone of contention in the build-up to the tournament.