Tatiana Hanni. “Continue investing in women’s football.”

ASF head of women’s football Tatjana Hanni is clearly delighted with the parity between men and women set by Swiss football’s umbrella organization in terms of bonuses for national teams. She talks about an “important first step”, knowing that ASF bonuses are not the only element in the fight for equality. Interview.

Tatiana Hanni wants to continue fighting for women’s football.

Foundation stone

Tatiana Hanni, Swiss players who play next month’s Euro in England will receive the same bonuses as their male counterparts at Euro 2021. What is your reaction?

“This is a happy and historic day (the decision was announced on Tuesday, ed.). 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 the players of future generations. I’m glad they don’t have to fight this fight anymore. The first step is often the hardest.

What will the premium model look like?

“There will be per diems. Players will receive a certain amount, from about 100 to 450 francs per day, which will also depend on the number of matches played in the national jersey. Then there are performance bonuses: for qualifying for a major competition, reaching the quarter-finals, semi-finals, 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?

“Pretty little when it comes to contracts. But in the main directions and in the promotion of the project, I was at the forefront. As director of women’s football, my role is to promote the global development of women’s football in the country. This applies to professionalization, league or player bonuses. There are many more areas in which we must participate. Premium adjustment does not solve everything.

For example?

“About succession. Today, a 14-year-old player does not always have the same development opportunities as a boy of the same age. I would like to improve the situation. If we want the Swiss women to continue to participate in major competitions, we need good continuity. But there are big gaps.”

The equality of premiums and revenues paid by the ASF for image rights does not mean complete parity, far from being the case. UEFA and FIFA’s income paid to the ASF from national teams is much higher for men. They earn 14 times more than women. What do you think?

“Such a difference is not fair in my eyes and out of tune. We need to work on improving the balance. But it’s not just about giving the players back the money we get from the international federations. You should consider women’s football in Switzerland as an investment with great potential. This year, the number of graduates increased by 16% compared to 2021. We have never seen such a leap. There are always more spectators, and the interest of sponsors is growing. This testifies to the development of our sport.”

What else should 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 the 2019 World Cup in France. It is commendable. However, it is wrong that the gap with men, in spite of everything, is increasing. Because the bonuses paid out by UEFA and FIFA to the men’s selections are undergoing an even greater evolution.

What chances do you see for Switzerland at the Euros in England, in a tough Group C with Sweden, 3rd at the last World Cup, and the Netherlands, the defending champions?

“We are definitely less powerful than these teams and already happy to be in the game. We really want to win the first match against Portugal. Quarter-finals would be a good result, but it is not to be counted on.

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