AUSSIE TOUR TO USA PAYS PRICE

The Football League Paper - - WOMEN'S FOOTBALL WEEKLY - By Paddy von Behr

AUS­TRALIA’S two-match tour to take on world cham­pi­ons USA has been can­celled over a pay dis­pute with na­tional gov­ern­ing body, the FFA.

The Matil­das pulled out of a planned train­ing camp in Syd­ney on Tues­day and have now con­firmed they will not ful­fil friendlies in Detroit and Birm­ing­ham later this month, for which 60,000 tick­ets had been sold.

The Aus­tralia play­ers have been on six-month con­tracts, worth $10,500, but now want their rate of pay to bet­ter re­flect their work­load.

Pro­fes­sional Foot­ballers Aus­tralia chief ex­ec­u­tive Adam Vi­vian said: “When their con­tracts were ne­go­ti­ated it was be­cause it was on the premise that they were part-time, only 120 days a year they would have to work.

“Clearly, as we saw in the lead up to the Women’s World Cup, while it was fan­tas­tic that they had a full-time pro­gramme, the re­mu­ner­a­tion wasn’t. They ended up work­ing 154 days in about six months and so they fall into that underpaid cat­e­gory very quickly.”

Mean­while, Paul Ri­ley is set to learn this month whether his con­tract as man­ager of Port­land Thorns will be re­newed.The Thorns, who in­clude Eng­land striker Jodie Tay­lor, fin­ished sixth in the Na­tional Women’s Soc­cer League this term, miss­ing out on a play-off place for the first time.

And gen­eral man­ager Gavin Wilkin­son said: “It’s a de­ci­sion that we are eval­u­at­ing.We had clear ob­jec­tives over the last two sea­sons – es­pe­cially this sea­son – that need to be met, and also need to be met mov­ing for­ward.”

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