New CBA lands AFLW players pay rise

AFLW players will receive a share of $127,500 additional prizemoney if their team finishes in the top four in 2019 under a new CBA that caps player payments across the 10 clubs at $4.748 million next year.

The player payments will be structured across four tiers with the highest paid players receiving $24,600 and the minimum wage being set at $13,400.

Western Bulldogs Ellie Blackburn, Katie Brennan and coach Paul Groves.

Western Bulldogs Ellie Blackburn, Katie Brennan and coach Paul Groves.Credit:Chris Hopkins

With Geelong and North Melbourne entering the 10-team competition the deal increases the average payment per player by 38 percent with the new agreement recognising the players' commitment as 13 hours training per week during the pre-season and 10 hours per week in the season.

The competition, which kicks off in the first week of February, runs for seven weeks plus two weeks of finals and overlaps the beginning of the AFL men's season.

The AFLW's broadcast agreement is expected to be announced next week with clubs anticipating the broadcasting of the AFLW's Saturday night games on free to air to be at the centrepiece of the deal while admission will remain free.

In its third season, the AFLW competition is split into two conferences of five teams, meaning there will be two ladders and they have adopted eight of the nine rule changes introduced for the men's competition.

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