After signing off on a record-breaking collective bargaining agreement, Football Australia will move to lock down a new long-term TV deal before turning its attention to a possible contract extension for Matildas coach Tony Gustavsson.
Football Australia and Professional Footballers Australia (PFA) unveiled a new CBA in Sydney on Wednesday which rewards Socceroos and Matildas players following historical performances at World Cups over the last year.
As part of the new agreement which runs until 2027, players will benefit from a 50-50 World Cup prize money split with Football Australia while both senior national teams will share in Football Australia's revenues.
Central contracts for Matildas players have been scrapped in favour of match payments equal to those enjoyed by the Socceroos.
Carers for the children of players -- up to the age of four rather than two -- will be given accommodation as part of a deal Football Australia chief executive James Johnson described as "globally unique."
"I think this sets a new trend in the industry, a new standard, and we're very happy that we're in partnership together with the PFA and the players," Johnson said.
One of the first tests of the new revenue-sharing model will be when Football Australia goes to market on a new TV deal for its national teams.
Johnson told AAP he hoped to have a new deal -- which would include Socceroos games outside of the World Cup and all Matildas fixtures -- ticked off by early next year. The current deal with Network Ten expires at the end of 2024 and Football Australia are keen to capitalise on high interest following successful World Cup campaigns.
"December this year is probably a little bit ambitious, more likely in January next year," Johnson said. "We want a record broadcast deal and we're confident we'll achieve that with the package we've got.
"The more centralised the rights can be, the more value there is for the broadcaster and fans.
"It's a great cocktail, we've got two of the strongest sporting brands in the country and to package that together it's a very good time to go to market."
Johnson will also have to monitor interest in Gustavsson as he enters the final year of his contract.
The Swede's rocky tenure found calmer waters over the last 18 months when he guided the Matildas to the semifinals of this year's Women's World Cup. Gustavsson has been linked with other roles, most notably the United States women's national team gig, since the World Cup.
Johnson is confident the 50-year-old will see out his current deal, which ends after next year's Olympics, before both parties decide whether they wish to continue.
"Tony is in the last year of his contract and when we signed him we had a focus on four major tournaments," Johnson said. "Our focus is on the qualification campaign for the Olympics and hopefully getting to Paris.
"We'll sit down and talk to Tony about his future, there have been some rumours swirling but that's not a bad thing that other countries want our coaches.
"I've got great confidence that he is committed to seeing out his contract and he wants to do something the Matildas have never done and that's win a medal at a major tournament."
Meanwhile, Johnson said he was comfortable with the decision to not compete with Saudi Arabia for the 2034 men's World Cup, instead hoping there would be a sense of "goodwill" that would strengthen Australia's hopes of hosting the women's Asian Cup in 2026.
KEY POINTS FROM THE NEW CBA SIGNED BY FOOTBALL AUSTRALIA AND PFA
- Improved revenue-share model that rewards players for national team success, including an increase in prize money share at World Cups and Asian Cups
- 70% of player payments will be derived from match fees, a further 30% will come from commercial payments
- Matildas' centralised contract system to be scrapped with immediate effect and replaced with camp fees and match fees
- Care provisions for players with children in national team camps now cater for children up to the age of four (previous limit was two-years-old)
- A minimum of 5% of national team revenue is re-invested into youth national team programs
- Business-class flights for all players in national team set-ups
- AU$2 million commitment over four years to invest in player development services as well as introducing a past players fund
- Football Australia and PFA to work on a human-rights policy