Australia Women’s National Team, the Westfield Matildas, feature in a Collective Bargaining Agreement reached with their federation and players’ union.
They will receive a 24% share of an agreed aggregate of National Team Generated Revenues in 2019/20, rising by 1% each year of the 4-year deal.
Signiﬁcantly for the squad, a new 3-tiered centralised contract system will see Australia’s top female footballers provided with increased annual remuneration, Tier 1 players earning the same amount as the men’s internationals.
The allocation of any World Cup prize money to players has been increased from 30% to 40% on qualifying and 50% if reaching the Knockout Stage, while the player share of AFC Asian Cup cash goes up from 30% to 33%, rising to 40% when getting to the final.
FFA’s Parental Leave Policy is to be upgraded to better support Matildas during pregnancy and when returning to National Team duty.
The Westﬁeld Matildas will have access to business class international travel, the same standards aﬀorded to the Caltex Socceroos.
FFA Chairman, Chris Nikou told ffa.com.au:
“With this CBA, the next generation of aspiring Australian kids can see a pathway that oﬀers a sustainable career, a chance to be an Olympian, and the lure of playing at a FIFA World Cup – regardless of your gender. It means whether you are a male or female, the value football places on your jersey is no different. We are proud to break this new ground in Australian and world sport.”
Former Matilda and FFA Head of Game Development, Sarah Walsh said:
“FFA, the PFA and all the players are proud to be leading the way in delivering real gender equality within the game we love. This agreement is the product of generations of Matildas and their supporters advocating for real change. This moment belongs to all of them as well.”