The winner of Ballon d’Or and the current income of women’s football, will not be participating in the Women’s World Cup this time around.
One of the best sports players in the world, Ada Hegerberg is known for performing some of the most impressive performances in the history of women’s football.
Currently, with her scoring numbers and overall performance, she is comparable to Lionel Messi and is just as much a star in terms of the sport as Messi is himself.
Yet, this champion of the game, refuses to participate in the world cup as part of the Norwegian team, because she believes that there are some intrinsic problems with the way women are treated in soccer that need to be solved.
Which is why she has decided to sit out the tournament for the second time already.
The first time Ada decided not to participate, the Norwegian football federation decided to make some changes to how they operate.
They changed the payment system for the women’s football players so that they would be receiving equal pay to men.
This has become the first such policy and became a groundbreaking step in the world of football, globally.
The federation also acquired a female sporting director.
Lise Klaveness is making sure that the Norwegian federation is investing a lot of money into women’s football, so much more than many other federations around the world are managing to invest.
And all of this simply as a result of the best player in the world refusing to participate in the world cup.
And yet Ada decides to not participate again, saying that there are still many issues in the context of football that need to be solved.
The coach of Norway’s team attempted to change her mind by holding meetings with her.
As informed by Norskecasino.casino, since Ada has refused, the coach has decided to focus all of his efforts on the team and members of the team who still want to participate in the game.
When questioned as to the reason why she is refusing to play, Ada refuses to go into specifics.
All she says is that she believes that she cannot perform at her best level in the system as it is right now.
Klavness, the current sporting director, is hoping to establish a confidential channel with Ada, in order to understand what is going on and what, in her opinion, needs to be changed.
Klavness believes that they can get Ada back to the World Cup, as long as the relationship is strong and they attempt to solve the problems.
Ada now heads the UEFA campaign called “Time for Action”. The campaign launched a month before the news of the World Cup brought more light to the issues of equality in football.
Other teams around the world have been participating in the initiative as well.
The US women’s football team has filed a federal discrimination suit against the US Soccer Federation, because of a lack of equal pay and equal treatment.
The players say that there is ongoing institutional discrimination within the industry. Although, the US team did not decide to boycott the World Cup.
Teams from other countries have also threatened to go on strike or have already done so. This includes teams from Ireland, Sweden, and Denmark.
The discontent is clearly increasing around the world, especially with the growing interest in women’s football.
The recent $13 million sponsorship deal in Women’s Super League in England, the 60 thousand attendees at a women’s match in Spain, and 40,000 attendee matches in Italy are all pointing towards the interest in the game.
And the interest is also helping Hegerberg and players like her become established names within households interested in football.
Her absence from the World Cup might be a loss for the fans and for those who were hoping to see a diverse set of amazing games.
But this should be seen as a worthy sacrifice for the purpose of bringing equality to the game.