Ministry of Sport

World-First Deal See’s Matildas Earn Equal Pay To Socceroos

The Australian women’s soccer team, The Matildas, are set to earn the same pay as the men’s Socceroos team under a new landmark Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) that was struck between Football Federation Australia (FFA) and Professional Footballers Australia (PFA).

The new, four-year CBA will see the Caltex Socceroos and Westfield Matildas 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.

From within this 24%, the players will commit a 5% share of National Team Generated Revenue to reinvest in Australian Youth National Teams, guaranteeing a minimum level of investment in future generations of Caltex Socceroos and Westfield Matildas.

The new agreement reflects football’s determination to address issues of gender equity in all facets of the game and build a sustainable financial model that rewards players as National Team revenues increase.

Significantly for the Westfield Matildas, a new 3-tiered centralised contract system will see Australia’s finest women’s footballers provided with increased annual remuneration with the Tier 1 players earning the same amount as the top Caltex Socceroos.

FFA Chairman, Chris Nikou, said: “Football is the game for everyone, and this new CBA is another huge step toward ensuring that we live the values of equality, inclusivity and opportunity.”

“For the first time, player remuneration will be directly tied to the revenues generated by our National Teams – this will create a sustainable financial model that incentivises players and FFA to collaborate and grow the commercial pie together.”

“This is truly a unique agreement.

“Every national team, from the Socceroos and Matildas, down to the Youth National Teams as well as the Cerebral Palsy National Teams have been contemplated in this new CBA.”

“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.”

The allocation of any prospective World Cup prize money to players has been increased.

Under the new CBA, players are entitled to 40% of prize money on qualifying for a FIFA World Cup, representing an increase from 30%. That share of prize money increases to 50% if they progress to the Knockout Stage of the competition.

The player share of AFC Asian Cup prize money will also increase from 30% to 33%. Should the players progress to an AFC Asian Cup Final, the prize money share increases further to 40%

The new CBA has been struck to provide both the players and FFA with certainty as it will cover the next World Cup cycle for both the Caltex Socceroos and the Westfield Matildas.

FFA’s Parental Leave Policy will be also be reviewed and upgraded to provide an even higher level of support for Matildas during pregnancy and when returning to National Team duty.

The new CBA shifts the focus towards a partnership that incentivises players, FFA and the PFA to maximise returns for all national team activities in order to generate real and sustainable revenue growth.

The world-class, high-performance set-up required to run successful national team campaigns will continue to be mirrored across both senior national football programs with both teams featuring identical resourcing.

The Westfield Matildas will have access to business class international travel, the same standards afforded to the Caltex Socceroos.

The new CBA also provides an increased level of funding to the Player Development Program, which is administered by the PFA, to provide enhanced player wellbeing and development support to all National Team players.

Shaun Carney

Shaun Carney