Youth football expert wants payment equality between men's and women's teams

We’re delighted to welcome the founder of Kinetic Academy Harry Hudson as our exclusive columnist. Each week the youth football expert will be giving his views on the biggest talking points on wonderkids across the UK…

While players in youth football are among the lowest paid footballers in the country, those at the top of the men’s game earn big bucks.

And even though it is understandable in the Premier League with mountains of TV money, international football is a different kettle of fish and there has never been equality among the England sides.

The men’s side earn far higher for their efforts during international games than the women do but over in America, the United States sides are now set to earn equal pay for the first time.

A similar agreement has occurred in New Zealand for the men’s and women’s cricket teams and after the Lionesses won the European Championships this summer, perhaps now is the time for a similar structure on British shores.

Kinetic Academy founder Harry Hudson certainly believes that if equality is something that people are aiming for then this would be a necessary move but there are other things that could also be done.

“I don’t really know how international football payments work even for the men’s side if I’m honest,” Hudson told The Football Wonderkids. “But if we want equity and equality, then it needs to be in every form of what we are doing.

“You wouldn’t have the women’s team arriving in taxis when the men’s team are arriving in an amazing 54-seater coach, we want equity across the board.

“If that means payment as well then that is surely what we have to strive for and I’m a firm believer that, in society, we should be striving for that in every form and breaking down barriers.

“Whether that is in terms of race, gender or disability so the more equal opportunities we can have, the better it will be.”

Sarina Weigman’s Lionesses are now set to take on the World champions from across the pond at Wembley in October and tickets have already been sold out such is the boom in interest in the female side of the game.

In other Kinetic Academy news, Hudson is a big fan of Kwadwo Baah’s move to Fortuna Dusseldorf after years of limited game time at Watford.