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FOOTBALL Federation Australia chief David Gallop says a resolution in the game’s long-running pay battle could be only days away.

The FFA and Professional Footballers Australia are set to resume negotiations over a new collective bargaining agreement on Monday and Tuesday in Sydney and there is growing hope the saga may finally be nearing an end.

“I’ve been saying for a while there’s a deal to be done and we hope to see some resolution over the next few days,” said Gallop.

The Matildas are after a bigger share of the financial pie.

The Matildas are after a bigger share of the financial pie.

Monday’s meeting is the first since FFA officials went back to A-League club owners to put forward a series of proposals that came from last week’s talks.

These proposals include an increased share of the pie for the Matildas, who ramped up the heat on FFA earlier this month by controversially boycotting a planned tour of the United States.

However, Gallop said increased payments for the women’s national team were contingent on the PFA accepting lesser payments for Socceroos and A-League players.

“If they wish to move some money from the male professional players pot to the Matildas then we’re certainly open to that,” he said.

“What we’re not open to is additional money because the game simply doesn’t have it.

“It’s an affordability issue, it’s dollars and cents pure and simple.

“We want the Matildas to earn more money but that can only happen with the players’ association looking at the division across all three of the buckets.”

Gallop said FFA had shown its keenness to support the women’s game with last week’s announcement that one W-League game per week will be broadcast on the ABC as part of a creative camera-sharing arrangement with Fox Sports.

The games will be broadcast on Sunday afternoons and played as curtain-raisers before A-League fixtures.

“We’ve all got great aspirations for the Matildas, we’re ambitious for them and growing the pie and growing the commercial revenue around the women’s game,” Gallop said.

“Playing double-headers for the W-League is an important part of building the commercial viability of the W-League.

“But there is a finite amount of money and we all have to remember that affordability is the key to this.”

© 2015 Fox Sports | This article first originally appeared on Fox Sports on 21 September 2015.

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