- AFLW Prize Money jumps to $1.1 million to match men’s, but split over 8 teams
- In the upcoming AFLW season, the prize money will almost double, reaching $1.1 million.
- Female rugby fans in Australia have initiated a social media campaign against Rugby Australia.
- Issues raised include the unequal treatment of male and female players in areas such as travel and contracts.
The last round of the regular AFL season is set for this weekend, while the AFLW’s eighth season kicks off on Friday, September 1st, with a match between Melbourne and Collingwood.
In an upcoming season, the prize money for the AFLW is set to nearly double, aligning it with the men’s competition for the first time. The AFL announced on Monday that in the eighth season of the women’s league, the financial rewards will be $1.1 million.
“This is a significant announcement for us. We boast two of the most prestigious sports competitions in the nation. I am delighted to declare parity in players’ prize money for our esteemed AFL and AFLW tournaments.”
AFL’s CEO, Andrew Dillon
In the meantime, leading female rugby players in Australia have joined together for a social media campaign against Rugby Australia. They claim there’s unfair treatment of male athletes in the sport.
Some players have shared their concerns on social platforms, listing issues with the governing body. These include claims that the Wallaroos fly in economy while the Wallabies travel in business class.
There’s also frustration about the lack of full-time contracts for women and the large spending on men’s game resources, while Rugby Australia says there aren’t enough resources for women’s rugby.
Last month, the Matildas highlighted the unequal prize money in men’s and women’s competitions right before the Women’s World Cup.
Both AFL and AFLW teams will vie for the McClelland Trophy and an additional $1 million in prize money, determined by the overall performance of a club’s men’s and women’s teams. AFLW victories hold double value due to the shorter season.