Australia women cancel tour over pay dispute

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Football Federation Australia (FFA) is refusing to increase the Matilda's salary. Sports Yahoo revealed the players want an increase in their 21,000 Australian dollars (just under £10,000) a year contract to $40,000 Australian dollars (just under £19,500).

The Matilda's went on strike in a bid to get better contracts, causing their tour of the US to be cancelled. 

The Professional Footballers Australia union (PFA) represent both male and female footballers, their chief executive Adam Vivian said he informed the FFA of the strike action after a team meeting.


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''The players are currently uncontracted and are under no obligation to participate in any Matildas-related activities,'' Vivian said. ''The players feel they have been left with no option other than to take this course of action.''

This has become a huge issue and it raises many questions about how underpaid female footballers really are.

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Canada hosted the 2015 Women’s World Cup, which was won quite comfortably by the United States, defeating Japan 5-2. The match was viewed by 25.4 million people in the US, making it the most-viewed soccer match of all time in the United States; a great result for women's football.

Women’s football is massively underrated in various ways, firstly female footballers don’t get paid anywhere near the sums that male footballers do and although this is mainly due to the amount of revenue, it’s still significantly unfair.

It’s unfair because female footballers also make huge life commitments, they put in exceptional amounts of effort, they train hard and ultimately they give it their all on the pitch; some of them even have second jobs, what more can you possibly ask for?

Why should women’s football be compared to men’s football? They are both in entirely different divisions. At the end of the day, there is men’s football and there is women’s football, the only difference is gender and both should be appreciated equally.

The benchmark for women’s football should be the best they can be in their division and vice versa for men’s football, in fact, it should be the same for any sport.

For example when it comes to boxing, there are of course different weight classes so if you were to put the heavyweight champion up against the lightweight champion it would be a completely unfair contest, but you don’t hear about anyone saying the lightweight title is worthless opposed to the heavyweight title.

Throughout the Women’s World Cup, there were a number of exciting, edge of your seat matches. Players displaying fantastic skill, whilst also playing with passion and giving it their absolute best.

Imagine if you had a daughter who is a terrific professional footballer with outstanding skills, you’d want her to be paid fairly and equally, right?

If more funding is added to the women’s game, then it will continue to grow, the players will become more well known, providing greater revenue as there will an increased support for women’s football.

Women’s football is just too underrated, it deserves plenty more attention and credit.

Football fans: Do you think female footballers deserve better pay? Feel free to let us know what you think in the comments section!

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