Australian football players face pay cuts
Australia's top football players face a pay cut next year with a plan for remuneration to be based on how profitable the national team's games are - by Joe Klamar
Football Federation Australia boss David Gallop said the Socceroos were not attracting the same crowds as in their heyday from 2006-10 and pay should more accurately reflect this.
"It's a product of where we were at that time," he said Tuesday of the current pay scale, in which players reportedly earn Aus$6,500 (US$6,040) a match regardless of the opponent.
"But the next four-year cycle, I think we can come up with a more reasonable system. We need to look at the tiers of games we're involved in.
"When we're playing top-class opposition and there's a big opportunity to make gate receipts, then the pay can be at one level.
"But when the Socceroos play in lesser games in the next four-year cycle... we need to be looking at appropriate remuneration for those games."
The current agreement expires in June 2015.
Despite being among the lowest-ranked sides an the World Cup in Brazil, the Socceroos will be among the highest earners, according to Australian Associated Press.