Landmark wage deal for Matildas

Sports | AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE 7 Nov 2019

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

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.

It follows a deal struck earlier this year that will see all professional female footballers in Australia receive the same minimum wage as their male counterparts.

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