Thursday, 8 May 2008

The Union forever!

The FFA, and PFA announced a new Hyundai A-League 5 year agreement today.
Continued increases in Salary Cap and Minimum wage interested me as well as player ticket allocations!
Salary Cap(excluding marguee) including 25% additional service agreement is now at $2.4 million, now makes the local game not too far behind the other local codes.

Remembering football in Australia has smaller playing squads than its friends in other codes. All the details below.


Covers 5 seasons from 2008-09 to 2012-13 season

Salary Cap ($1.8m in 2007-08)
Increase to $1.9m for season 4; $2m in season 5; $2.1m in season 6; then increased in line with CPI

Minimum wage (currently $30k)
Increase to $35k for U21 for season 4 then increased in line with CPI
Increase to $42k for 21+ for season 4, $45k for season 5 then increased in line with CPI

Marquee player
Guaranteed outside salary cap

Additional Service Agreements
25% of salary cap so increases commensurately with salary cap increase

Match payments to injured players
Commenced from season 3 (ie. 2007-08)

Career ending insurance
FFA to obtain on players’ behalf

Relocation allowances
Increased – scale of $10k to $25k depending on circumstances

Other player entitlements
Increased tickets to matches; guaranteed time off for educational/development purposes

Player appearances/Use of image rights
Timely schedules to be provided for player commitments; FFA and Club sponsor protection ensured

Medical standards
FFA to develop minimum standards

Career development programs
Commitment to continuation of My Football Career

Player Contract term
Ends 31 March (reduces long off-season)

Registration period
Increased to 12 weeks (until end August) – aligns with European window

Role of PFA
FFA to provide funding to PFA for PFA to further their role in career guidance education and development and retirement options

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