The Dutch women’s football team will now receive the same salary as the men
This week, the Royal Dutch Football Association (KNVB) announced that the women’s national team – known as the Leeuwinnenor Lionesses – will receive the same salaries as their male counterparts from July 1, 2022.
Closing the pay gap between male and female footballers
The gender pay gap is a problem in virtually every industry and occupation, including professional sports. In recent years, female athletes have fought to receive the same award as sportsmen, and these discussions finally seem to have had an effect here in the Netherlands.
In a statement on the KNVB website, the association confirmed that female football players will receive the same bonuses (i.e. the money players receive for name, portrait and video) than male players. With the new deal taking effect on July 1, KNVB director Jan Dirk van der Zee called it a historic decision: “The Orange Lionesses have become an integral part of the Dutch football landscape. We want to underline that with this milestone.”
Equal pay is an important step for the future of sport in the Netherlands
The Dutch team is one of the best women’s football teams in the world, enjoying serious success in a number of recent international championships. The team qualified for the quarter-finals of the 2020 Olympics and finished second in the 2019 Women’s World Cup. In 2017, the Leeuwinnen won their first-ever title after defeating Denmark in the final of the European Women’s Championship.
The team hopes the KNVB’s decision to officially recognize and reward the hard work and success of the Lionesses will mark a turning point in women’s football. “[We’re taking] a big step together towards an equal appreciation of the men and women who play for Orange,” says Vivianne Miedema. “It’s not just great recognition for us as a current team – it’s an important social signal and we also hope it will open doors for future Orange players.”