Scotland boss Anna Signeul is delighted with a new funding agreement for the women's game. A Scottish Government initiative will provide £200,000 to cover the qualifying period for the 2015 World Cup and allow players to work less.
"This is going to have a major impact on the day-to-day lives of these players," Signeul told BBC Scotland.
"They are training 15 to 20 hours a week and that is hard to sustain on top of 40 hours' work."
The majority of Scotland players currently fit their football commitments around full-time work or study and the new financial support will allow for more recovery time as well as more strength and conditioning sessions.
"To reduce the work load and be able to rest a little bit more and maybe get some more training time, it's going to make a huge difference," Signeul told BBC Scotland.
"Some of the players had already made the decision to work part-time but not everyone can afford to do that."
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