New Matildas CBA a boost for World Cup bid

Anna Harrington
Ellie Carpenter (l) says the new CBA should help Australia's bid to host the World Cup

Defender Ellie Carpenter says the Matildas' new collective bargaining agreement can be crucial to Australia's hopes of hosting the 2023 Women's World Cup.

On Tuesday, it was confirmed a new four-year collective bargaining agreement (CBA) will close the pay gap between the Socceroos and the Matildas.

"We're all rapt and thrilled to hear the news," Carpenter told AAP.

"They came in (on Tuesday) night and presented the new CBA to us so were very excited and I guess it's been a long time coming and it's a historic moment for us and the FFA, PFA, collective as a whole.

"So it's a great day for women in football and just generally women in sport."

Australia is bidding to host the 2023 Women's World Cup and Carpenter believed the publicity and momentum behind the new CBA would be crucial to the FFA's hopes.

"I think that this is a very big push for that," she said.

"(There's) to better place to host a World Cup in 2023 than here and the way that we're going now in the right direction, I think it would be a no-brainer to have it here and hopefully we can get that bid and it will be a great World Cup."

The 19-year-old was speaking as part of Pantene's partnership with the Matildas.

Carpenter grew up in rural New South Wales and moved to Sydney for football opportunities.

She has since become a fixture of the Matildas' defence and plays in both the W-League and America's NWSL and said the new CBA and its embrace of full-time professionalism could encourage more players to follow in her footsteps.

"I think obviously growing up in Cowra, a rural area, there weren't many opportunities or facilities or coaching so I had to travel for all of that," she said.

"And just to think back on all the sacrifices I made to become a professional footballer and now I can say that it is my full-time job and I have made it and it is such a nice feeling to think of everything we worked for and now it's finally paying off.

"I think it's just amazing that we can call ourselves that now."