Tatiana Anna. “Keep investing in women’s football.”

The head of the ASF women’s football department, Tatiana Hyanni, is clearly delighted with the parity between men and women, identified by the main organization of Swiss football in terms of bonuses for national teams. She speaks of an “important first step”, knowing that ASF bonuses are not the only element in the fight for equality. Interview.

Tatiana Hyanni wants to continue the struggle for women’s football.

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Tatiana Hanni, the Swiss player who will play in the Euro next month in England, will receive the same bonuses as their male counterparts during Euro 2021. Your reaction?

“This is a happy and historic day (the decision was announced on Tuesday, ed. Note). This topic has been on the table for years. A year ago, I would not have thought that we would achieve equality so quickly. I am happy for the current players and for those who will come. I am glad that they will no longer have to fight this struggle. The first step is often the most difficult.

What will the premium model look like?

“There will be daily allowances. Players will receive a certain amount, approximately 100 to 450 francs per day, which will also depend on the number of matches played in the national uniform. Then there are bonuses for results: for qualifying for the big competition, reaching the quarterfinals, semifinals, finals, title … These bonuses have been multiplied by 4.5 to reach the men’s level.

How were you involved in the ASF decision-making process?

“It simply came to our notice then. But for the main directions and to move the project forward, I was at the forefront. As the director of women’s football, my role is to develop women’s football around the world in the country. This applies to professionalism, league or player allowances. There are many more areas we need to address. Setting up a premium class doesn’t solve everything.

Example?

“On succession. Today, a 14-year-old player does not always have the same developmental opportunities as a boy of the same age. I would like to make things better. If we want Swiss women to continue to compete in big competitions, we need good consistency. But there are big gaps. “

The equality of premiums and income that ASF pays for image rights does not mean that there is full parity. The UEFA and FIFA incomes paid to the ASF for national teams are much higher for men. They get 14 times more than women. What do you think?

“Such a difference is unfair in my eyes and does not correspond. We need to work on a better balance. But it’s not just about giving back to the players the money we get from international federations. You should consider women’s football in Switzerland as an investment with the greatest potential. This year, the number of graduates has increased by 16% compared to 2021. We have not experienced such a jump. There are always more and more spectators, the interest of sponsors is growing. This testifies to the development of our sport. “

What else can UEFA and FIFA do?

UEFA has already doubled bonuses for Euro 2022 compared to 2017 (from 8 to 16 million euros). And at the 2023 World Cup in Australia and New Zealand, we can also expect a doubling compared to 2019 in France. This is commendable. But what’s wrong is that the gap with men, no matter what, is widening. Because the bonuses paid by UEFA and FIFA to men’s selection are evolving even more.

What chances do you see in Switzerland for the Euro in England, in a difficult Group C with Sweden, which is ranked 3rd at the last World Cup, and the Netherlands, the reigning champions?

“We are definitely less strong than these teams, and we are already happy to be in the game. We absolutely want to win the first match against Portugal. Qualifying for the quarterfinals would be a good result, but we can’t count on it.

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