The Matildas will be paid less in match fees if they make it to the women's World Cup final than the Socceroos get for a single group-stage game. The Matildas will be paid less in match fees if they make it to the women's World Cup final than the Socceroos get for a single group-stage game.
A Professional Footballers Australia (PFA) spokesman said the
representative body was in negotiations with Football Federation
Australia (FFA) over the Matildas' collective bargaining agreement.
He said the PFA considered the Socceroos' remuneration to be deserved but the Matildas' low pay was a hindrance to development.
According to the spokesman, the game has to try to increase its
investment in the women's game to make sure the Matildas reach "fair,
equitable and attractive" levels.
"The attractiveness of the career path for the nation's top female players must be enhanced," he said.
"Remuneration is an important element in this and one the PFA and the players are looking to address."
On top of match fees, most of the Matildas earn $21,000 a year on FFA contracts.
Socceroos do not have a guaranteed income but receive shares in a
number of commercial agreements and sponsor bonuses instead.
without income from commercial arrangements, a Socceroo could make more
than a Matilda's annual contract from the match fees of three tournament
The FFA did not comment specifically on the
difference in match fees, but a spokesman said securing commercial
contracts would be crucial to increasing pay.
He also said growing
the women's game was strategically important for football in Australia
and that the Matildas' World Cup success would open overseas career
pathways to players.
"The results in Canada and the way the
players have conducted themselves can only help in securing the
commercial support that can drive significant growth in expenditure," he