Wales women's manager Gemma Grainger thanking fans. (Credit: FAW Youtube)

The Football Association of Wales has announced that both Cymru men’s and women’s team will receive equal pay.

This will impact three Nottingham Forest male players as they receive a pay cut to enable a pay rise for the women’s team.

The players include hometown hero Brennan Johnson, Neco Williams and Wayne Hennessey.

Proud of everyone involved! We really are a special country.”


The deal was struck by the Wales governing body on January 18.

Coming into force immediately, the deal will run until the men’s World Cup in 2026 and the women’s tournament commencing in 2027.

Speaking via the Wales official website, FAW CEO Noel Mooney said: “The FAW is a modern, progressive movement that seeks to improve each day.

“This is another step towards becoming one of the world’s great sports organisations and we thank both the Men’s and Women’s squads for their brilliant co-operation in getting this agreed.”

Wales women’s manager Gemma Grainger added on BBC Sport Wales: “I am really happy about the equal pay, it is about equality.”

The announcement has seen vast approval online – from former internationals to the public.

Retired Wales international Hal Robson-Kanu expressed his pride regarding the decision.

He tweeted: “A monumental moment that I have no doubt is inspiring many young girls around the country right now. Very proud.”

Via Instagram, user @JackieAllen9797 commented: “Respect to the Wales Men, let’s hope the England Men’s team can do the same, good on ya Wales❤️.”

Wales captain Sophie Ingle tweeted: “Proud of everyone involved! We really are a special country.” 

The Chelsea defender recently was awarded an OBE in the Kings New Year’s Honours for her services to association football.