Many footy followers marvel what the typical wage is of an AFL participant. Lots of the time this will probably be to match and see what AFL gamers earn in relation to different sports activities within the nation in addition to globally.
To know how the salaries work in Australian Soccer we first want to have a look at a rule the AFL launched concerning participant funds referred to as the Wage Cap.
Now we have to roll the clock again to 1987, when the Brisbane Bears (now the Brisbane Lions) and the West Coast Eagles had been admitted to the league. Because the VFL (Victorian Soccer League) was pushing to turn into a nationwide competitors, they wished to make sure viability of those new golf equipment by bringing in monetary equalisation throughout the board.
This was to safeguard the fledgling golf equipment from struggling to draw high gamers and the bigger, extra established and financially rich golf equipment such us Carlton, Collingwood, Essendon and Hawthorn from dominating the competitors.
That is the place the wage cap was launched, setting a most amount of cash that anybody membership will pay their gamers per season.
How a lot is the
As anticipated the wage cap has shifted considerably over time. In 1987, the sport of Australian soccer was primarily well-liked within the southern states of Victoria, South Australia and Tasmania, in addition to Western Australia.
Throughout and previous to the 1980’s, regardless of being one of the well-liked sports activities within the nation, there wasn’t an enormous amount of cash within the recreation. Throughout that point, most video games had been performed on a Saturday afternoon however with the rise of tv the league pushed for video games to be performed in prime time slots through the night. The success noticed common soccer on Friday nights and Sunday’s as the tv rights grew to become a scorching commodity.
When the wage cap was launched in 1987, it began at $1.25m per 12 months. Over 30 years later with Australian Soccer changing into the most well-liked, most watched and most attended sport within the nation the wage cap has risen to over $12.75 million per membership, per season.
There’s additionally a
To normalise participant salaries throughout the golf equipment, there’s additionally a wage ground. It is a minimal quantity of the wage cap that should be spent by the membership to their gamers every season.
This was set at 90% when the wage cap was launched, nonetheless over time it has slowly risen to 95% as of the 2019 AFL season.
There was a protracted checklist of golf equipment breaching wage cap legal guidelines over time, with penalties starting from giant fines to lack of future draft picks. Nonetheless, up to now, no groups have been stripped of premierships and even premiership factors.
The biggest penalty handed down was to Carlton in 2002 for critical wage cap breaches. The Blues had been fined a document $987,500 and had been compelled to surrender their precedence picks within the 2002 Nationwide Draft, in addition to their first and second spherical picks within the 2003 and 2004 Nationwide Draft. An investigation discovered that the breach totaled $1.37 million between 1998 and 2001.
So what’s the
common participant wage?
In 1980, earlier than the growth of the league right into a nationwide competitors and the sport into an expert sport, gamers earned round $11,000 per season. This meant that gamers would have separate full-time employment exterior of the sport.
By 1991 and with the wage cap in full pressure, the typical wage rose to round $46,429 per 12 months, with 8 gamers incomes six figures. Since then the competitors has gone from energy to energy and the highest gamers are handsomely rewarded.
Coming into the 2019 season, the AFL introduced that six gamers earned over $1 million in 2018, nonetheless that was down from 9 gamers the season prior.
The common wage of an AFL participant at the moment sits at a snug $362,471 yearly, with Sydney Swans famous person Lance Franklin understood to be the best paid participant pulling in round $1.3 million per 12 months.
The opposite gamers which are believed to be on over $1 million per season embody Brownlow Medalists Dustin Martin (Richmond) and Fremantle’s Nathan Fyfe. Bulldogs massive man Tom Boyd and GWS Giants ahead Jeremy Cameron are additionally on a seven determine wage whereas Tom Lynch was regarded as paid over the mark earlier than his transfer to Richmond this season.