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Australian women footballers take step towards professionalism

Sydney (AFP) – Australia’s women footballers took a step towards professionalism Monday with pay rises and better employment conditions agreed as the nation works to build on the success of the Matildas national team. Until now, many players in the domestic W-League were considered amateur and received only reimbursement of expenses. But under a new two-year deal, they will be guaranteed a minimum retainer of at least Aus$10,000 (US$8,000) for the coming season and Aus$12,200 for 2018/19.
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