However, women’s soccer remains marginal in Italy. Suffice to look at the numbers: the annual budget for the women’s team is of about 4,2 million euro while the men’s is of 28 million euro.
Milena Bertolini, the team's coach
Milena Bertolini with player Aurora Galli, celebrating a goal
Today they played against professional colleagues and from that point of view it was not an equal match
Associazione Calcio Femminile Milan, winner of the Italian Championship in 1970
But the fact that women’s soccer isn’t considered professional has other consequences. For example, it means that female players are not provided with insurance, if they are injured they must cover the cost of treatment and rehabilitation themselves. They also do not receive a pension nor any form of support in case of pregnancy or invalidity.
President of Italian Football Association Damiano Tommasi
President of FIGC Gabriele Gravina
Nike campaign with the US national team in the NYC subway