Australia women’s football team to get equal pay in landmark agreement

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA: NSW Minister for Jobs, Investment, Tourism and Western Sydney Stuart Ayres, FFA CEO David Gallop, NSW Minister for Sport John Sidoti and FFA Interim Head of Community, Football Development and Women’s Football Sarah Walsh pose with Matildas fans. (Photo by Matt King/Getty Images)

Australia’s football governing body has agreed a four-year deal with the country’s players’ union on that “closes the pay gap” between the men’s and women’s national teams.

The four-year Collective Bargaining Agreement struck between Football Federation Australia and the Professional Footballers Australia union will see the women’s national team receive a 24-per-cent share of an agreed aggregate of generated revenues in 2019-20, rising by 1 per cent each year during the course of the agreement. This is equal to the share the men’s team will receive.

Both teams will receive an increased share of prize money for Fifa World Cup qualification, up to 40 per cent from 30 per cent previously, with the share going up to 50 per cent if they make the knockout stages.

The player share of Asian Football Confederation Asian Cup prize money will also increase from 30 per cent to 33 per cent, and making the final will net both teams 40 per cent.

The women’s team will also have access to business class international travel for away games, as is afforded to the men’s team.

FFA chairman Chris Nikou said: “For the first time, player remuneration will be directly tied to the revenues generated by our National Teams – this will create a sustainable financial model that incentivises players and FFA to collaborate and grow the commercial pie together.

“This is truly a unique agreement. Every national team, from the Socceroos (the men’s team) and Matildas (the women’s team), down to the Youth National Teams as well as the Cerebral Palsy National Teams have been contemplated in this new CBA.”

FFA chief executive officer David Gallop said: “The Caltex Socceroos have made a choice to adjust a fixed level of payment to share in a combined revenue pool with the Westfield Matildas. This closes the pay gap that has existed between them and the Westfield Matildas. It’s an important decision that deserves to be acknowledged.”

The new CBA also provides an increased level of funding to a player development programme run by the PFA to provide well-being and development support to all national team players.

Both national teams and the FFA have also agreed to invest a further 0.5 per cent of revenue in the PFA’s Footballers’ Trust, which will prioritise investment in Australia’s cerebral palsy national teams.

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