Aussie women get landmark equal pay deal

Source:AFP Published: 2019/11/6 21:18:40

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Women soccer players playing for Australia's national team will earn the same as their male counterparts under a deal unveiled Wednesday and hailed as landmark for gender equality in sport.

Under a new centralized contract system announced by Football Federation Australia (FFA), Matildas stars such as Sam Kerr and Ellie Carpenter will be paid an equal amount as big-name Socceroos like Aaron Mooy and Mat Ryan.

They will also be afforded business-class flights to international fixtures and tournaments, like the men.

The breakthrough will be a big boost for US women ­soccer players, who have filed an equal pay lawsuit against the US ­Soccer Federation due to be heard in May next year. The US triumphed at the Women's World Cup in France this year with chants of "equal pay" ringing out after they defeated the Netherlands in the final.

"Football is the game for everyone, and this new collective bargaining agreement is another huge step toward ensuring that we live the values of equality, inclusivity and opportunity," said FFA Chairman Chris Nikou.

Under the four-year deal, through the next World Cup cycles, the Socceroos and Matildas will receive a 24 percent share of national team revenues, rising by 1 percent each year. In other words, the better they do, the more they get paid. 

FFA chief David Gallop said it was the "Socceroos' choice to share the revenue," and national captain Mark Milligan said women were getting "what they deserve."

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