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Australia women's soccer players to get equal pay after historic deal

The Australian womens soccer team huddles before a match.
The Australian team before the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup Round of 16 match against Norway in Nice, France. Photo: Jose Breton/NurPhoto via Getty Images

Australia's women soccer players will get the same pay and an equal split of commercial revenue as the men's team after the country's players' union reached a deal with the soccer governing body, the Australian Football Federation announced Wednesday.

Why it matters: The deal "sets the model" for soccer governing bodies around the world, said players' union CEO John Didulica. It comes as the U.S. women's team awaits a trial after suing its governing body for "institutionalized gender discrimination" by paying them less than the men's team.

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