The Bangladesh Football Federation is going to give players on the Bangladesh national women’s football team formal contracts.
Today, there will be a contract signing event at the BFF House. A source inside the union says that about 30 players will sign the contract.
At the moment, the BFF hostel is home to about 70 female players from age groups to the senior women’s team. Based on how well they do and how long they have been playing, the average monthly pay for a player is around $10,000. It is said that senior team leader Sabina Khatun can get as much as Tk 50,000 and as little as Tk 5,000.
In the past few months, the players have held a number of protests and skipped a few practices to ask for a raise in pay and other perks, such as food, housing, and sports gear. They had also met with top BFF officials several times and asked for a monthly pay of Tk 50,000, but their requests were not met.
Some of the players also took part in a local football event in Satkhira, which was out of the control of the game’s governing body because the players and the league were having trouble getting along.
It’s expected that the professional deal will give them a better pay than they have now, but that won’t come close to what they want. It will also have a set of rules for the players who are hired.