A former Matilda, speaking on the condition of anonymity, has lashed out at the FFA for setting up the W-League for failure.
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While the comments would be echoed by many in the football community, there are some who would take exception to this.
There are a large number of men who are driving the progress of female football. The bulk of the coaches in the W-League are men. Prominent males in the footballing community like Craig Foster and Mark Bosnich have advocated for more investment in female football.
The harsh comments are sure to generate some debate with many females asking for a better deal when it comes to publicity and profile.
The current W-League pay deal is in line with the minimum hourly wage that A-League players get.
The Matildas recently signed an equal revenue share deal where 50% of total commercial revenue generated by both the Matildas and Socceroos will be pooled together and shared equally.
“The revenue deal was something, but the bulk of that came from the extra share given to players,” said the disgruntled ex Matilda. “The men didn’t sacrifice that much.”
This comment is not entirely accurate as previously both the Socceroos and Matildas received 30% of prize money generated by each particular team. This meant the Socceroos received a lot more as they played in tournaments that had significantly higher prize money available.
This will now slightly change with commercial revenue now added together before being divided, but prize money will still depend on how each team performs in their respective tournaments.
Australia is bidding to host the 2023 Women’s World Cup with New Zealand, and if successful it should provide a huge boost to female football. The former Matilda though, was not convinced.
“If we do host it, then at the end of the day the better stadiums and facilities will benefit other sports and male football.
“Women will be pushed aside after we have passed our usefulness.”
It appears that some females will always mistrust the establishment. Time will tell though what FFA does to fix the awkward situation female football now finds itself in Australia.
The W-League is at a high risk of becoming a minnow competition with the rise in European football and the prestige of the American NWSL pushing the Australian League into the shadows.
Also, the current golden generation of Matildas won’t last forever, with Sam Kerr likely to only feature in one or two more World Cups.
The plight of the Young Matildas has been well publicised with another failure to qualify for a Youth World Cup showing glaring weaknesses in our national curriculum.
Over to you FFA.
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