November 6 – The Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) between the Football Federation Australia (FFA) and Professional Footballers Australia (PFA) that will close the gender pay gap in the country has been officially announced.
The new, four-year will see the national men’s and women’s teams receive a 24% share of an agreed aggregate of National Team Generated Revenues in 2019/20, rising by 1% each year of the 4-year deal.
“The new agreement reﬂects football’s determination to address issues of gender equity in all facets of the game and build a sustainable financial model that rewards players as National Team revenues increase,” said an FFA press release.
“Signiﬁcantly for the Westﬁeld Matildas, a new 3-tiered centralised contract system will see Australia’s ﬁnest women’s footballers provided with increased annual remuneration with the Tier 1 players earning the same amount as the top Caltex Socceroos.”
From the 24%, the players will commit a 5% share of National Team Generated Revenue to reinvest in Australian Youth National Teams.
Players will in future receive 40% of prize money on qualifying for a World Cup, an increase from 30%. That share of prize money increases to 50% if they progress to the Knockout Stage of the competition.
The player share of AFC Asian Cup prize money will also increase from 30% to 33%. Should the players progress to an AFC Asian Cup Final, the prize money share increases further to 40%.
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.”
Former Matilda and FFA Head of Game Development, Sarah Walsh, similarly hailed the agreement saying: “FFA, the PFA and all the players are proud to be leading the way in delivering real gender equality within the game we love. This agreement is the product of generations of Matildas and their supporters advocating for real change. This moment belongs to all of them as well.”
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