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AFL Womens players get new pay deal for 2018 season

AFL Womens players get new pay deal for 2018 season
November 4, 2017

AFL Womens players will be collectively paid $500,000 more next season under a new deal designed to more accurately reflect the hours they put into their careers.

Total payments will increase from $2,275,000 in the AFLW's inaugural season to $2,752,000 next year, with this figure excluding ambassador contracts and rookie upgrades.

AFL Players' Association (AFLPA) Chief Executive Paul Marsh said the pay increase, agreed upon by the AFL, was just reward for the players.

Marsh stated “we were able to reach agreement on a revised payment scale that better captured the level of commitment required to train and prepare for the AFLW competition, but also gave the clubs some flexibility within their own programs.”

The AFLW's 240 players for 2018 will be contracted to train an average of 13 hours a week during the preseason and 10 hours per week throughout the season.

That is up from their contracted nine hours per week, not including matches, in the 2017 season.

The change will be complemented by a revised tiered payment system, with the minimum wage of a senior listed player lifted from $8,500 to $10,500.

Tier 1 players will be paid $20,000 (up from $17,000), tier 2 players will get $14,500 (up from $12,000) and rookie list players $8,500.

Clubs will also be able to spend up to $40,000 on two or more ambassador contracts worth between $5,000 and $10,000.

Marsh said it was clear all clubs had exceeded contracted training hours during the first AFLW season, and the AFL agreed with the association that players should be paid for the hours performed.

The AFLW season will again feature seven home-and-away rounds in 2018 with a grand final between the top two teams.

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Image: The season launch for the 2017 AFLW season.

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