Connect with us

AFP

Australian women footballers take step towards professionalism


Sydney (AFP) – Australia’s women footballers took a step towards professionalism Monday with pay rises and better employment conditions agreed as the nation works to build on the success of the Matildas national team.

Until now, many players in the domestic W-League were considered amateur and received only reimbursement of expenses.

But under a new two-year deal, they will be guaranteed a minimum retainer of at least Aus$10,000 (US$8,000) for the coming season and Aus$12,200 for 2018/19.

High-profile stars like Sam Kerr or Katrina Gorry are now likely to earn six-figure amounts through local and overseas club deals and Matildas payments.

“This is the start of a new era for professional female footballers in Australia,” Football Federation Australia chief David Gallop said.

He also acknowledged more still needed to be done to bridge the gap with what men are paid.

Australia’s W-League is about to enter its 10th season, with hopes high that standards will improve further as the country targets hosting the 2023 Women’s World Cup. The Matildas are currently ranked sixth in the world.

Professional Footballers Australia chief John Didulica said the deal was “foundational”. 

“Hand-in-hand with the club owners and the FFA, it will build a platform to grow the players’ collective hope of building a professional career as a footballer,” he said.

Australia’s netballers and women cricketers have also won better pay deals in recent months.

200+ Channels With Sports & News
  • Starting price: $33/mo. for fubo Latino Package
  • Watch Premier League, World Cup, Euro 2024 & more
  • Includes NBC, USA, FOX, ESPN, CBSSN & more
Live & On Demand TV Streaming
  • Price: $35/mo. for Sling Blue
  • Watch Premier League, World Cup & MLS
  • Includes USA, NBC, FOX, FS1 + more
Many Sports & ESPN Originals
  • Price: $6.99/mo. (or get ESPN+, Hulu & Disney+ for $13.99/mo.)
  • Features Bundesliga, LaLiga, Championship, & more
  • Also includes daily ESPN FC news & highlights show
2,000+ soccer games per year
  • Price: $4.99/mo
  • Features Champions League, Serie A, Europa League & NWSL
  • Includes CBS, Star Trek & CBS Sports HQ
175 Premier League Games & PL TV
  • Starting price: $4.99/mo. for Peacock Premium
  • Watch 175 exclusive EPL games per season
  • Includes Premier League TV channel plus movies, TV shows & more

Click to comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

More in AFP

Translate »