FFA strikes gold for sexist pay gap

Football Federation Australia has picked up an award it won’t want to display among the silverware – the 2015 Gold Ernie for sexism.

Football’s governing body kicked an own goal for the yawning chasm between male and female players.

The Matildas earn well below the minimum wage on just $21,000 a year.

The pay crisis resulted in the women's national team pulling out of a US tour this month, with many players saying they were being forced to reconsider their international careers.

In the Womens World Cup in Canada, each Matildas player received $500 per game leading up to the Round of 16. The Socceroos pulled $7,500 per match in the World Cup last year.

FFA has yet to resolve an ongoing pay dispute with Professional Footballers Australia that is engulfing the national teams and A-League.

The Ernies, in their 23rd year, are annual awards for the most sexist behaviour by public figures in the previous 12 months.

The FFA win is somewhat of a departure from previous years in that it highlights the gender pay gap rather than sexist remarks.