In just marvellous news for a) women, b) women in sport and c) sport in general, the Matildas are set to sign a world-first deal that will see them earning equal pay to the Socceroos.
ABC News reports that the deal will see the Australian women’s soccer team earning “equal share of commercial revenue with their male counterparts”. Football Federation Australia say they’ve been in negotiations with the Professional Footballers Association union for some time, with 7 News reporting that both male and female players were “committed to changing the pay structure”.
While the deal is yet to be finalised, an official announcement is expected later this week. It will make the Matildas the first female soccer team in the world to be guaranteed equal pay to their male counterpart.
According to ABC News, Aussie gun / Matildas captain Sam Kerr told Channel Seven: “It hasn’t been finalised so hopefully we can get the deal over the edge… Obviously it’s a welcome investment into women’s football and we’re really excited about it.”
As for the Matildas, they’re taking on Chile at Parramatta’s Bankwest Stadium in a Tokyo Olympics qualifying tune-up game if you wanna go see ’em in action. Yeah, and I cannot stress this enough, the girls.