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Friday, November 6, 2015

FFA, PFA settle on new CBA

Football Federation Australia (FFA) and Professional Footballers Australia (PFA) have today announced a four-year Whole of Game Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) that delivers affordable increases in player payments and improved conditions across all three playing groups, while providing economic certainty for Hyundai A-League clubs and FFA’s National Teams Unit.
The agreement covers players across the Hyundai A-League, Socceroos and Westfield Matildas.  It acknowledges the players role as key stakeholders in Australian Football while guaranteeing a share of future growth.
Benefits flowing from the CBA have been backdated to the conclusion of the previous CBA Agreements. Key elements of the arrangements for each of the Playing Groups are:
  • CPI style growth in match payments across the term
  • An increase to the commercial and licensing player payments pool with an agreement to a collaborative commercial approach adopted with key FFA commercial partners, which will provide a strategic partnership between FFA and the players to grow revenues
  • Confirms a continuation of the high performance environment and sports science resources that delivers a world-class environment 
  • In addition to contracts with Westfield W-League clubs, an immediate increase in the Matildas remuneration structure that will see the top tier Matildas receive $41,000 per annum, with a second tier set at $30,000 per annum plus match fees and daily allowances for all players during Matildas camps and matches
  • Further to that, a 10% per annum increase in players remuneration will result in the overall investment doubling across the term                                                         
Hyundai A-League
  • Confirms the previously announced Salary Cap allowances for Loyalty Players and Salary Cap banking
  • Confirms the previously announced increase in the minimum salary from $51,000 to $55,000
  • An immediate lift in the Salary Cap to $2.6 million, up from $2.55 million
  • Guarantees a 30% share in any cash increase to the new broadcast revenue via the Salary Cap and player welfare initiatives, with a guaranteed minimum salary cap of $2.85 million for season 2017/18.