Scotland Women's national team withdraw legal claim against SFA

The Scotland Women's National Team. Cr: Getty ImagesThe Scotland Women's National Team. Cr: Getty Images
The Scotland Women's National Team. Cr: Getty Images
A joint statement has been released by the Scottish FA and Scotland Women's National Team.

The Scotland Women's national team has withdrawn its legal claim against the Scottish FA (SFA) over concerns regarding pay and treatment.

Both the SFA and the players of the Scottish women's national team had previously been locked in a dispute over equal pay and treatment compared to their male counterparts on issues such as training facilities, hotels, travel, kit plus medical and nutritional resources.

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However, the legal claim has now been withdrawn as confirmed by a joint statement, which said the players were "pleased that the matter has been resolved without the need for tribunal proceedings". The statement said the team was now "looking forward to focusing our collective efforts on qualification for UEFA EURO 2025" and "continuing to accelerate the growth of the girls’ and women’s game, and inspiring the nation".

Scotland captain Rachel Corsie had previously said the legal dispute was "about all professional footballers being treated equally", adding "after years of inequity, disrespect and, in some cases, abuse, we have a historic opportunity to advance equal pay and to promote equality for women and girls in football".

However, following today's statement, Corsie said: "I am glad that we have been able to find a resolution, avoiding the need for a tribunal. The legal route is one that nobody wanted to undertake, but positive discussions have taken place during the intervening period with mutual respect, understanding and co-operation.

“As captain, I believe we have a responsibility to push for the highest standards on and off the field" said the 33-year-old Scotland international.

The Aston Villa defender said the SFA "has made significant inroads in this regard and together we are on an evolutionary journey". "We are proud to have parity, not just for the current generation, but more significantly for future generations of players,” she said.

The SFA had previously stated neither male nor female players were paid for playing for the national team. The governing body said all players instead received a per diem rate for their time - one the body claimed had been equal since 2017.

Ian Maxwell, Scottish FA chief executive, said: “The growth of women’s football is one of the Scottish FA’s highest strategic priorities. We have reiterated our commitment to equality – specifically with regard to commercial appearances, prize money distribution and resources."

Scotland Women will begin preparations for the inaugural UEFA Women's Nations League campaign next week, with Scotland drawn in Group D and scheduled to play England Lionesses at Sunderland's Stadium of Light next Friday before they return to take on Belgium at Hampden Park on Tuesday, September 26.



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