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by Thai Tran on Mar 18, 2011

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The recent on-field success of the Socceroos and Matildas was reflected off the field with the finalization of new collective bargaining agreements this week between Football Federation Australia and Professional Footballers Australia on behalf of the players.

The Socceroos' deal will see players receive an increase in standard and tournament match payments and a larger slice of commercial revenue over the next four years. The Matildas' deal will see 23 positions offered in three tiers providing important financial stability as well as rewards for performing in key international tournaments.

"The Socceroos deal will see players receive an increase in standard tournament match payments and a larger slice of commercial revenue over the next four years"

The CBA provides competitive remuneration for Australian women athletes in comparison with other sports and is another step towards the objective of providing them with full-time employment.

FFA CEO Ben Buckley said the agreements reflected the strong working relationship between FFA, the PFA and the players and the continued success of the teams.

"The Socceroos agreement follows the successful qualification for the 2010 FIFA World Cupand 2011 AFC Asian Cup and also reflects increases in sponsorship, licensing and the Consumer Price Index," Buckley said.

"Whilst the amounts paid to the players are modest compared to salaries paid to some players in some of the top leagues in Europe, they are significant boosts to young players and players from the A-League in the Socceroos squad. The players are committed to all members of the squad being paid equally, and to supporting up and coming players.

"It is also a fitting reward for the team's fantastic performance in the AFC Asian Cup where they were ever so close to bringing home their first major piece of silverware.