Enhanced Compensation for Australia's Matildas and Socceroos
|Mary Fowler of Australia shows dejection after the team’s defeat following the FIFA Women's World Cup Australia & New Zealand 2023 Third Place Match match between Sweden and Australia at Brisbane Stadium on August 19, 2023 in Brisbane(Image-Getty)
Football Australia (FA) revealed a new collective bargaining agreement (CBA) on Wednesday, marking a shift for Australia's Matildas from centralized contracts to receiving match and commercial payments, in line with their male counterparts, the Socceroos. FA emphasized that the four-year deal builds on the revenue-sharing model established in the previous CBA, following what they hailed as an era of extraordinary international achievements for both national teams.
The recent Women's World Cup showcased the Matildas' inspiring journey to the semi-finals, capturing the nation's support, while the Socceroos' performance in the men's tournament in Qatar drew similar acclaim as they reached the last 16.
In a statement, FA's chief executive James Johnson described the new CBA as a sophisticated economic model that links player compensation to the growth and commercial success of the national teams. Johnson emphasized that the agreement represents a commitment to progress, promising that as revenue escalates, players will share in the resulting benefits.
Under the new arrangement, players of both genders will receive improved compensation based on a scaled revenue-sharing structure, with 70% derived from match fees and 30% from an annual commercial payment. Notably, the Matildas will enjoy equal treatment with the Socceroos in terms of match preparation, including the option of single rooms during all gatherings and business class travel worldwide.
The CBA also introduces enhanced provisions for players who are parents, extending accommodation for accompanying carers and children up to the age of four. Moreover, the agreement designates 5% of national team-generated revenue for youth programs and pledges FA's guaranteed contribution to the Past Players Programme administered by the Professional Footballers Australia (PFA). Additionally, FA has committed to developing a human rights policy.
Socceroos midfielder Jackson Irvine, who serves as the president of the PFA, expressed enthusiasm about the agreement, asserting that it ensures the necessary resources for national team players to excel on the field. He emphasized that the agreement also expands the teams' off-pitch impact, marking a significant development for both players and the broader football community.