Norway's soccer association has improved its gender equality status with a fresh deal offering equal compensation for men and women players representing the country, a report said on Sunday.
The men's national soccer team has until now received about 6.55 million kroner ($A977,961) including money from ad campaigns, about twice the 3.1 million kroner allocated for the women's team.
As of 2018, both pots will be worth 6 million kroner. The men's team transferred 550,000 kroner from their share to help funding.
"Compared to the women, we men have been very privileged, so it wasn't difficult," said Stefan Johansen, men's team captain.
Norwegian public broadcaster NRK reported Sunday that the deal improves the soccer association's position compared to other national sports associations in the country.
Previously, soccer trailed others over the big compensation difference between men and women.
Women's international Ingrid Moe Wold said "the timing was good" and would encourage players to train harder.
Historically, Norway's women soccer players have produced better results in international tournaments than the men.
VfL Wolfsburg's Caroline Graham Nansen welcomed the news on Instagram saying it "means everything for us! For our team! For our sport!"
NRK's survey of Norwegian national sports associations showed that male and female biathlon athletes receive the same compensation; the ice hockey association pays women more - as many of the men get higher salaries from their clubs; while cross-country skiers were paid partly based on individual results, a model the athletes devised.