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FFA and PFA Announce Extension of Collective Bargaining Agreements for W-League and A-League

Football Federation Australia (FFA) and Professional Footballers Australia (the PFA) today announced a one-year extension to each of the Collective Bargaining Agreements (CBAs) for the Westfield W-League and Hyundai A-League.

PFA Chief Executive John Didulica said that the PFA was proud to have secured a landmark step for women footballers and secure record funding for player development and wellbeing.

“Due to the significant complexity in moving toward an independent league, the PFA’s motivation in reaching this extension was to, firstly, help facilitate a more stable foundation for this potential transition and, secondly, ensure we could continue to advance fundamental areas,” Didulica said.

“These areas included record funding for player development and wellbeing and entrenching gender equality across minimum standards such as pay. We’re very proud that we have been able to anchor the minimum conditions for W-League players to those of A-League players. It’s a moment in time that the players should be proud of.

“There is also now a commitment from the players, the clubs and FFA to use this 12-month window to work in partnership. This partnership will be critical to ensuring a successful transition to an independent league when agreed and to effectively reform and evolve fundamental areas such as the salary cap, transfer system, the W-League and building out the youth competitions.

“We’ve also taken steps toward simplifying the operation of the salary cap and addressing concerns about player churn. Hopefully, by growing the number of contracts available, we can give young players at club academies a longer period of time in professional structures. At the other end, we are also incentivising clubs to retain existing talent through removing caps on categories such as loyalty players and homegrown players.”

The extension of both of the CBAs will expire on 30 June 2020.