Football Australia and the Professional Footballers Association (PFA) announed a new, four-year collective bargaining agreement (CBA) today, aimed at driving further commercial success with the nationals teams.
Football Australia CEO, James Johnson says that the scaled revenue share model more deeply incentivises and rewards national team players for the game’s success.
“It’s a model that ensures as we scale new heights commercially, and [sic] our players will share in the fruits of these triumphs,” he said.
“This agreement is more than a contract; it’s a commitment to progress and a promise that as our revenue base flourishes, so will the opportunities and rewards for our players, making them key contributors in our game’s prosperity.”
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The CBA also includes a number of off-field commitments, including support for the PFA Footballers’ Trust, a commitment to develop a human rights policy and enhanced carers’ accommodation under the pregnancy policy.
Gender equality has also been maintained throughout all employment, pay and high-performance standards.
Furthermore, an increased focus was placed on both future and past generations of Socceroos and Matildas through guaranteed funding for the Past Players Program and a minimum of 5 percent of national team revenue to be allocated towards youth national team programs.
President of the PFA, Jackson Irvine reiterated the importance of both Socceroos and Matildas players making an difference in the wider football community.
“This agreement will ensure that our National Team players have everything they need to excel on the pitch, a more robust partnership that can strengthen the game and, importantly, allow us to have more impact off the pitch than ever before,” he said.
“The current generation of players are deeply grateful for those players who came before us and who fought to guarantee the conditions we enjoy today.”
The agreement will run to the end of the 2027 AFC Men’s Asian Cup and FIFA Women’s World Cup respectively.