September 11, 2017 / 7:47 AM / 10 months ago

Soccer: Australia announces big pay rise for women professionals

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australia’s women professional footballers are expected to double their salaries under a new pay deal with top internationals set to earn up to A$130,000 ($104,660) a year, Football Federation Australia (FFA) said on Monday.

Jul 30, 2017; San Diego, CA, USA; Australia forward Sam Kerr (20) is congratulated by teammates Chloe Logarzo (6) and Emily van Egmond (10) and Emily Gielnik (15) after scoring a goal during the first half against Japan at Qualcomm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Orlando Ramirez-USA TODAY Sports

Under the terms of the new two-year deal worked out with the players’ union, the average retainer for a player in the country’s nine-team W-League will rise from A$6,909 to A$15,500 for next season, the FFA said.

“This is the start of a new era for professional female footballers in Australia,” FFA chief David Gallop said.

“W-League players deserve this pay rise. They have been trailblazers for women’s sport in Australia and are about to enter their 10th season.”

Australia’s national team, the Matildas, won the inaugural Tournament of Nations last month with victories over traditional powers of the women’s game, the United States, Japan and Brazil.

($1 = 1.2421 Australian dollars)

Reporting by Nick Mulvenney, editing by Ian Ransom

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