Australia becomes the first country in football history to alow top women soccer players to earn the same as their male counterparts after a landmark deal Wednesday that aimed to close the gender pay gap between the country’s national teams.
Equality in sport has been in the spotlight in recent years with many cases of international sportswomen taking a stand.
The women’s Westfield Matildas and the men’s Caltex Socceroos will also share an equal split of all commercial revenues. Previously, the Socceroos earned a greater share of revenues generated by the team and were paid more to play.
The Matildas will also be allowed to travel business class for international travel, as the men do, and coaching and operational support will be brought to the same standard as the men’s team.
The wide-ranging, four-year deal, called the Collective Bargaining Agreement, was struck Wednesday between soccer governing body Football Federation Australia (FFA) and the players’ union, Professional Footballers Australia (PFA)
“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,” said FFA Chairman Chris Nikou in a statement.
“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.”