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Los Angeles, CA | Nov 6 | Kelly Landaverde – @Kel_landaverde
The historic agreement closed the pay gap between the Matildas and the Caltex Socceroos. It was reached through the Football Federation Australia, and Profesional Footballers Australia. It will give the teams an equal share of player- generated revenue from game days, merchandise, broadcasts, sponsorships under a four year deal,and the Matildas will be allowed to travel in business class on international flights the same as the men’s team as said by the Football Federation Australia. The two teams will be granted a 24 percent of the revenue they generate; 19 percent will be for themselves, and 5 percent to be invested in their names in the country’s youth national teams, the agreement will last for four years. Australia wants to host the next Women’s World Cup in 2023.
The women’s team was paid less just like other national teams around the world. But with this GOLAZO they scored, little by little women’s soccer is in fact progressing in this century. The contract promises other improvements for the women’s team. The federations says that it will upgrade the parental leave policy to provide more support for them, during pregnancy and when they return. The share paid will rise one point a year, this year they made about $38,000, top players will make about $57,000 a year in 2020. The women’s team has done alot better on the international stage then the men’s. Under the new deal the players will also get 40 percent of the prize money that’s awarded by the FIFA for playing the World Cup, and it will eventually rise if they qualify for the knockout round.
Australia joined other countries in improving pay and working conditions for their women’s teams, Norway began paying both teams equal salaries in 2017, and New Zealand announced equal pay and international business class travel for the women’s team last year. The US Women’s national tea mis still fighting for it and are headed to trial in May 2020 after alleging gender discrimination.