AFLW has taken a huge step towards competing for the highest paid women in Australia, settling into a new joint bargaining agreement that will almost double the players’ wages.
Under the new pay agreement, the average player’s salary will increase by 94 percent in competition, rising from $ 23,904 to $ 46,280. The rate will be part of a four-tier system where top tier individuals will receive $ 71,935, up from $ 37,115 earlier this year.
With these figures, it is estimated that more than লি 100,000 will be paid to the top 40 players in the league. This is a surprising result because just three years ago high-profile players could expect only $ 24,600 (in 2019).
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After a period of uncertainty for the players, the season will begin on the last weekend of August 7 – the time of the AFL pre-final bye – and the pre-season will begin in mid-June.
To enhance the competition, the schedule will include 10 home and away games and a breakthrough four finals, with a grand final scheduled for the weekend of November 25-27.
In Season Seven, the AFLW will see a team from 18 clubs field and come in line with the men’s competition. Essendon, Hawthorn, Port Adelaide and Sydney Swans will all introduce the opening women’s lineup.
With the addition of four new teams, the total number of AFLW players will increase from 420 to 540 – strengthening AFLW’s position as the largest employer of female athletes in Australia.
The deal brings AFLW closer to the salaries of super netballs, where netballs earn an average of $ 74,000.
In Super Netball, the highest paid athletes earn $ 91,500 while the minimum wage is $ 43,000.
AFLW’s trade period will begin next week, with the draft season scheduled for June 29.
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