The AFLW player payments listed in the competition’s new collective bargaining agreement operates on a tiered system, which increases year on year for the duration of the three-year agreement.
The CBA’s major sticking point was the lack of a full season for each AFLW team. The now 14 team competition, up from 10 sides last season, will only stage a 10 match season per club.
The players were edging for a 13-game season in which every team faced each other once, but a new conference design – similar to the system in the NBA – reduces the amount of travel and team expenditure required by clubs in Queensland and Western Australia.
TIERED PAYMENT SYSTEM
|AFLW player payments 2019-2022|
FINALS, DEVELOPMENT AND TOTAL PRIZE POOL
The $232,000 prize pool for AFLW finals this season raises to $246,500 by 2022, while players who make the Grand Final also receive an extra week’s payment.
There is also a substantial increase in funding for player development, as the AFLW seeks to cement its place as the breeding ground for top female athletes in a highly competitive market.
Over the CBA period, investment in player development will rise from $285,000 to $470,000 per year and every club will have their own AFLW player development manager.