AFLW players set to receive major pay rise with new season confirmed for August

With rising wages and a drive to increase opportunities and representation for women in sport, the AFL demonstrates its commitment to the sport and its future generations. As part of the AFLW’s soft cap policy, the AFL has promoted greater flexibility to provide necessary support to players in season seven, with clubs to ensure there are minimum levels of readiness high performance medical, physical and human resources so players can prepare for games. and effective workouts, without the risk of injury. The pregnancy and parental support policy has also been extended to more players with children under the age of three who can benefit from the benefits and support available under the policy.

As AFL chief executive Gillon McLachlan explained, the announcement offers the sport’s players greater certainty in their careers and an understanding that the AFL has their best interests at heart, with a sustained growth trajectory for the league and women’s football across the country. “We appreciate everyone’s patience, especially the players and the clubs over the past few weeks, and that patience has resulted in a great deal for both the players and the industry as a whole,” McLachlan said.

“Our NAB AFLW competition has accelerated the growth of women’s football across the country, and we are entering an exciting new phase with all 18 clubs and our focus now is to continue to support, nurture and amplify our competition at every opportunity. agreement represents a historic improvement in AFLW player pay and a historic level of investment in the national women’s sport that truly values ​​the contribution of our players and is a giant leap forward in realizing our vision of ensuring that AFLW players will be the highest paid female athletes in any local professional competition by 2030.”

McLachlan added: “To ensure that we can continue to invest in pathways for women and girls so that all facilities at the community level provide gender-friendly facilities that are welcoming, continue to encourage and support women. and girls who get involved in football and invest in policies and programs. that provide a safe and welcoming environment for all people at all levels of our game.”

William M. Mayer