Female soccer players of the Australian national team will earn the equivalent of their male colleagues under a deal in a move that promotes gender equality.
Under the new centralized contracting system announced by the Football Federation Australia Cup (FFA), Matildas stars such as Sam Kerr and Ellie Carpenter will pocket the equivalent of names. Socceroos’ big names (male nicknames) like Aaron Mooy and Mat Ryan. They will also be able to sit in the business compartment when traveling internationally, as the male players.
AFP quoted FFA President Chris Nikou as saying: “Football is a sport for everyone, and this collective bargaining agreement is another great step to ensure that we live up to the prices. value of equality, inclusion, and opportunity”. Under the 4-year agreement, which continues through the next World Cup (2023), Socceroos and Matildas will receive 24% of the national team’s revenue, and an increase of 1% per year. In other words, the better they do it, the more they get paid.
The players have also pledged that 5% of the proceeds will be reinvested to Australia’s national youth teams, ensuring a minimum investment for future generations. There is also an increase in the percentage of prize money that players receive for winning a place in the World Cup finals (which will increase from 30% to 40%).
According to the head of the FFA, the move will take place following a common agreement made at the beginning of the year, when all professional female soccer players in Australia will receive a minimum wage equivalent to that of the co-workers. their male karma. The head of the Australian Professional Player organization John Didulica called the June 1 deal a unique deal in the football world.
“We believe this agreement will set up a model for all unions and players – men and women – who can use football to unlock incredible social and commercial opportunities”, he said. Especially in women’s football. It is based on the principles of cooperation, equality and investment. Today’s players are investing in the future of Australian football because they believe in the game and trust each other”. Australia has emerged as a champion of equality in the field of sports, as netball and cricket female athletes have also won better pay deals in recent years.