The Matildas have reportedly secured a ground-breaking deal to earn the same pay as the Socceroos.
Football Federation Australia and the Professional Footballers Association union will announce the world-first deal which would see Australia's women's senior international team earn as much as their male counterparts, according to The Daily Telegraph.
The Matildas and the Socceroos will reportedly share 40 per cent of commercial revenue and prize money evenly in a landmark agreement, with the player's total share of revenue in the game also set to rise from 30 per cent to 40 per cent.
Fans have overwhelmingly welcomed news of the deal on social media, with some suggesting the Matildas deserve to be paid more than their male counterparts.
First things first. The Matildas getting equal pay as the Socceroos is a huge step for equality in sports and in general.— Tanner Coad (@Tanner_Coad19) November 4, 2019
Secondly. To the Muppets that are still leaving sexist comments and saying our amazing group of players don't deserve the raise.. Jokers. They earned it ⚽️
Equal pay for the Matildas. Fantastic. Well earned and a big step in equality for sport and in general. ⚽️— Take that game back ⚽️ (@Takethegamebk) November 4, 2019
Good on The Matildas 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼— Corrie (@mzcorrie563) November 4, 2019
The Matildas should be getting more tha. The Socceroos! They’re higher ranked and certainly play a better brand of football, that’s for sure.— Troy (@Troyspur) November 4, 2019
Some of the comments from men regarding the Matildas equal pay packet are gross but unfortunately not surprising 🙃😒— Luis ⚽️🇵🇪 (@luis__antoniooo) November 4, 2019
It’s phenomenal news and it’s wonderful to see Australia take initiative in respecting their national team.
Hopefully other nations will follow suit 👏🏽👏🏽
Historically the Socceroos have been allocated a greater share of commercial revenues and been paid more to play.
According to the report, both the men's and women's players were committed to changing the pay structure, with officials from FFA and the players union negotiating for months to alter the pay agreement.
The landmark deal, which is understood to have been agreed in principle and just requires legal ratification, is expected to be announced before the end of the week.
The Matildas take on Chile at Bankwest Stadium on Saturday in the first of two Tokyo Olympics qualifying tune-up games against the South Americans.