Australia’s soccer federation and players union have agreed on a new arrangement that closes the pay gap between the men’s and women’s national teams. Australia’s top women soccer players will now earn the same amount as men at the same level. The Matildas, Australia’s women’s national soccer team, and the Socceroos, Australia’s men’s national soccer team, are under the new Australian arrangement. Both the Matildas and the Socceroos with receive an equal share of revenues generated by the National Team in 2019-2020.
Closing the gender pay gap is a large step in removing gender inequality from the sporting world. One can only hope that, with Australia’s team taking the lead to diminish gender inequality in sports, many others will follow. The gender pay gap is still a large standing issue in most sports and change needs to be made. The USA women’s team is still fighting to close the gender pay gap. Their ongoing fight has yet to be resolved, but hopefully Australia’s move to diminish the gender pay gap will hopefully allow other teams, including the USA women’s team, to do the same.
The gender pay gap has been unchanged and fought unsuccessfully for many years. This may be a result of women feeling like fighting for their rights may damage or hinder their career as an athlete. They do not want to seem ungrateful for the opportunities they have been given through sport despite the fact the inequality remains. Many women have held back from fighting for gender equality in sport, but with Australia’s change for equal pay, it is possible that more women will fight for their rights. This change could also lead other teams to alter their pay to create more gender equality in the sporting world.