(Soccer) Financial windfall for Australia's Matildas

Sports | 6 Nov 2019 5:56 pm

Women footballers playing for Australia will earn the same as male counterparts under a deal unveiled today. 

Matildas captain Sam Kerr told Channel Seven she was excited at the prospect of equal pay.

The Daily Telegeraph had earlier exclusively reported that the Football Federation Australia and the Professional Footballers Association union, which represented the players, would announce a world-first new pay structure.

Under a centralized contract system revealed by Football Federation Australia, stars of the Matildas such as Sam Kerr and Ellie Carpenter will be paid an equal amount as big-name Socceroos like Aaron Mooy and Mat Ryan.

Players will also enjoy business-class seats when flying -- like the men.

"The new collective bargaining agreement is another huge step toward ensuring we live the values of equality, inclusivity and opportunity," said FFA chairman Chris Nikou.

Under the four-year deal, the Socceroos and Matildas will receive a 24-percent share of national team revenues, rising by 1 percent each year.

Federation chief David Gallop said it was the Socceroos' choice to share revenue, and captain Mark Milligan said women will get "what they deserve."

There has also been an increase from 30 to 40 percent in players' share of prize money earned on qualifying for a World Cup.-AFP/The Standard

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