"I decided that $5,000 [$1 Australian=$0.95 U.S.] would cover me after doing a budget and decided that anything over $5,000, I’d give it to my teammates. You’d find that every club has its
own way of running, there’s a salary cap but there’s no floor. You’ll find that a player earns $10,000 in a team and another earns nothing."
-- Former Australian women's
national team captain Melissa Barbieri
, who is auctioning off personal memorabilia -- photos, jerseys, whatever trinkets from her soccer career -- to fund her
season with the Westfield W-League's Adelaide United. Since going on maternity leave, she wasn't offered a national team player stipend. She added that some teammates make ends meet by washing
windows. (Sydney Morning Herald