Members of the Australian women’s national soccer team will now make the same money as the men’s team in a landmark deal that addresses the gender pay disparity between the two clubs. The Westfield Matildas made the announcement earlier this week after a new collective bargaining agreement was reached.
Australia’s soccer governing body, Football Federation Australia (FFA), and the players’ union, Professional Footballers Australia (PFA), agreed on a four-year deal with pay and benefits for the Matildas on level with the men’s team, the Caltex Socceroos, which range from World Cup earnings to player development.
Players will receive 40% of prize money on qualifying for a FIFA World Cup — up from 30%. Their share of the prize money rises to 50% if they advance from the knockout stage.