Other Sports: Australian Rules-AFL women secure bumper pay rise in new deal

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Women gamers in the highest flight of Australian Rules soccer could have a median pay improve of 94% as a part of a new collective bargaining settlement (CBA) with the league.

Minimum salaries in the AFL Women’s (AFLW) competitors will improve from A$20,239 ($14,100) to A$39,184 in the approaching season, whereas the very best two gamers at every membership will obtain A$71,935, up from A$37,155 final season.

Total participant funds, together with salaries and prizemoney, improve to A$25.6 million from A$10.6 million, a hike of 146%, the Australian Football League (AFL) and gamers union stated on Thursday.

“This settlement is step one towards our imaginative and prescient of AFLW gamers being full-time footballers by 2026,” gamers union boss Paul Marsh stated in an announcement.

“The gamers are thrilled with this CBA and the result speaks to the assumption all of us have in the way forward for AFLW.”

While the hikes are substantial, AFLW salaries are a fraction of these in the lads’s competitors, which has been underpinned by billion-dollar broadcasting offers for years.

The common male footballer in the AFL will earn about A$390,000 in the present season, whereas the very best gamers are paid greater than A$1 million per season.

The new women’s deal covers solely the approaching AFLW season, which begins in the final weekend in August.

The most up-to-date season completed final month when Adelaide gained their third championship in the six-year-old league by beating Melbourne in the “Grand Final”.

The AFL has hailed the women’s competitors as successful in constructing the sport’s fan-base and driving participation.

From eight groups in 2017, AFLW expanded to 14 in 2020 and can add one other 4 groups this season to achieve parity with the 18-team males’s AFL.

($1 = 1.4323 Australian {dollars})

(Reporting by Ian Ransom in Melbourne; Editing by Peter Rutherford)

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