Landmark Equal Pay Deal Struck For Australian National Soccer Teams

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Landmark Equal Pay Deal Struck For Australian National Soccer Teams
Australia's top male and female soccer players will now be paid equally.
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Australia's top soccer players, regardless of gender, will now be paid equally as a result of a landmark deal.

The four-year Collective Bargaining Agreement makes a number of changes. As part of the deal, a new three-tiered centralized contract will ensure that the top players on the women's national team, the Westfield Matildas, earn the same amount as the top players on the men’s team, the Caltex Socceroos.   

All commercial revenues will be split equally between the two teams, and the women's team will be allowed to travel business class like the men's team does. In addition, players on the women's team will receive an increase in prize money for qualifying for a FIFA World Cup.

In a statement, the chairman of the country's governing soccer body, the Football Federation Australia said, "With this CBA, the next generation of aspiring Australian kids can see a pathway that offers a sustainable career, a chance to be an Olympian, and the lure of playing at a FIFA World Cup — regardless of your gender." 

As part of the deal, the parental leave policy will also be upgraded to provide a "higher level of support" for Matildas players during pregnancy and after. 

On Twitter, Matildas player Elise Kellond-Knight said: "Thank you to everyone involved in this momentous day! From past to present. So many have played a part to help grow the game to where it is today. But remember, we're not finished yet." 

This agreement comes as the U.S. women's national team and the U.S. Soccer Federation prepare for a trial in May 2020 over equal pay.