Matildas and Socceroos to earn the same pay under new deal with Football Federation Australia

Game changer: Players such as Matildas
star Sam Kerr could now be earning the
same as their Socceroo counterparts.
Photo: Marina Neil
Game changer: Players such as Matildas star Sam Kerr could now be earning the same as their Socceroo counterparts. Photo: Marina Neil

T has taken four decades, but former Matildas midfielder Tracie McGovern says it's about time players from Australia's two footballing flagships were given an equal slice of the pie.

A groundbreaking four-year centralised contract system was announced by Football Federation Australia on November 6.

It will encompass the next World Cups, meaning players from both teams will now receive a 24 per cent share of national team revenue, rising by one per cent each year.

Mixing with the stars: Tracie McGovern (right) with Matildas striker Sam Kerr. Photo: supplied

Mixing with the stars: Tracie McGovern (right) with Matildas striker Sam Kerr. Photo: supplied

Essentially, the more success each team has, the more the players will be paid.

McGovern was born in Wauchope and pulled on the green and gold jumper four times between 1997 and 1999.

She is one of three Matildas with links to Wauchope along with current W-League stars Rhali Dobson and Caitlin Cooper.

"This day is 40 years of sacrifice in the making," she said of Wednesday's announcement.

"Anyone who thinks the women's national team deserves less ... I don't think they're real football fans or they don't understand how this will better the future of both men's and women's football in Australia."

Anyone who thinks the women's national team deserves less ... I don't think they're real football fans.

Tracie McGovern

Over the years, young girls have woken up and said they want to play football in winter.

"Now, they can say "I want to be a footballer when I grow up" because there will be that financial security where they can make a living," she said.

Dobson said the news of an equal share of earnings for players in the national team made Australia global leaders in the world football community.

"It's nice to see that the success we've had in recent times had been rewarded," she said.

"It also means at the same time we have to step it up a notch in terms of our professionalism and performances."

With the top tier of players now able to earn what they are worth, the challenge now was for it to filter down throughout the code.

"You have to start somewhere," Dobson said.