AFLW players will get a big pay raise

AFLW players have nearly doubled their salary under a new one-season deal with the AFL.

Announced on Thursday, the deal covers the seventh season of AFLW competition, which has been moved up to start in late August.

It will feature 10 round-robin rounds plus an expanded four-week Finals series, culminating in the Grand Final on the last weekend of November.

Top-tier players will be paid $71,935, while the AFLW minimum wage will increase from $20,239 to $39,184.

The average increase in the four pay brackets is 94 percent.

Each of the 18 AFL clubs will be represented in the women’s competition next season with the addition of Essendon, Hawthorn, Port Adelaide and Sydney.

The expansion signing period for those clubs will begin on May 24, while all clubs will begin pre-season training on June 13.

The AFLW draft will take place on June 29.

The 2022 AFLW’s second season will kick off during the bye week before the AFL Men’s Finals series in August, just over four months since Adelaide was crowned Prime Minister.

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