Women's Football

Netherlands agree equal pay deal with women's national team

Jamie Spencer
KNVB will now play Netherlands Women the same as Netherlands Men
KNVB will now play Netherlands Women the same as Netherlands Men / Soccrates Images/GettyImages

Netherlands will pay its women’s national team the same bonuses as their male counterparts from next month onwards, having been in talks over a deal since 2019.

Equal pay deals are becoming increasingly common at international level, with Spain announcing its own such agreement just last week for female national team players to be compensated an equal percentage to men for bonuses and image rights.

Netherlands’ pay deal will come into effect from 1 July and therefore take in Euro 2022, which kicks off for the reigning champions just over a week later.

A KNVB statement explained the new agreement, “…extends the existing line of professionalisation and strives for equal treatment of the men's and women's teams. This was already apparent from the expansion of facilities and the staff, the clothing and campaigns tailored to the Leeuwinnen. Now there is an increase in the use of players for commercial purposes.”

The next step for the Dutch federation is to secure greater external revenue for its female players.

“I am very grateful to the KNVB that we have achieved this and in this way can take a big step together towards an equal appreciation for both men and women who play for Oranje,” star striker Vivianne Miedema said.

“It is also not only a great recognition for us as a current group, it is an important social signal and we also hope that this will open doors for future Oranje players."

KNVB director of women’s football Jan Dirk van der Zee added, “We are happy with this new agreement, which was concluded under the careful supervision of sports marketing agency House of Sports. We have worked hard towards this and now it is a historic step for Dutch women's football.

“The win of WEURO 2017, a place in the final at the World Cup 2019 and participation in the Tokyo Olympic Games. The Oranje Leeuwinnen have become an integral part of the Dutch football landscape. We want to emphasise that with this important step.”

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