A-League clubs get a boost to their salary cap
A-LEAGUE players have agreed to marginally higher pay packets over the next two seasons, in exchange for greater security that they will be paid.
The new deal will see each club's salary cap increased from $2.478 million last season, to $2.5m for 2013-14, and $2.55m in 2014-15. The minimum wage also received a minor boost, up from $48,000 to $50,000 a season.
The key win for players, however, came with the FFA agreeing to tie distribution payments to the clubs to salaries to ensure there was no repeat of the situations at now-defunct Gold Coast United and North Queensland Fury where players were left in limbo when those clubs folded.
Players will also benefit from the more than $4million to be invested in player education and development programs over the next two years.
Professional Footballers Association co-founder Brendan Schwab described the money set aside for players' off-field careers and wellbeing as, "a quantum leap on the current situation and something we regard as very, very important".
Schwab said the PFA believed players were taking home a fair share of the revenue flowing into the game.