Matildas pay deal equal with Socceroos, FFA announces


The Matildas will earn the same amount as the Socceroos in a landmark pay deal that has reportedly been agreed to in principle.

The Daily Telegraph exclusively reports Football Federation Australia and the Professional Footballers Association union, which represented the players, are set to announce a world-first new pay structure which will be in place before the end of the week — allowing the Matildas to become the first country in world football to be guaranteed an equal share of commercial revenue with their male-team colleagues.

The report claims the Matildas and Socceroos will split 40 per cent of the commercial revenue generated by the two teams — and, critically, 40 per cent of the prize money generated by the two teams.

That prize money, broadcast deal revenue and ticket sale revenue will then be carved up straight down the middle between the two teams — despite the overwhelming majority of that revenue being generated by the Socceroos.

The landmark agreement comes after the PFA led the world in demanding FIFA lift its game after the 2019 Women’s World Cup where the total prize money pool of $US30m was just 7.5 per cent of the total prize money pool for the men’s 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia — where the 32 teams competed for a share of $US400 million.

The two national teams have also been big winners in negotiations with the FFA, after the Federation conceded to increasing the player’s total share of revenue in the game from 30 per cent to 40 per cent.

The Daily Telegraph reports the men’s and women’s players were both committed to changing the advantages enjoyed by the Socceroos traditionally when negotiating the new pay deal.

The new deal will go a long way to eradicating the need for Matildas players to continue to work outside the industry part-time, in order to chase their dreams of playing for Australia.

It was reported last year established Matildas players earn around $130,000 — if they are lucky enough to get picked regularly while balancing the demands of playing football in leagues overseas and the W-League in Australia.

It was announced earlier this year that W-League players had secured a pay increase with minimum wages rising to $16,344 for the 14-week season kicking off this summer.

The deal is expected to be legally rubber-stamped in time for the Matildas’ Tokyo Olympics qualifying tune-up games against Chile, beginning on Saturday in Sydney.

Australia will face China, Taiwan and Thailand in their Olympics qualifiers between February 3 and 9.

In a revamped qualifying format, the top two teams from each group will advance to the two-leg crossover playoffs, which take place on March 6 and 11.



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