The Dutch women’s national team will pay their players the same amount as they pay the men starting in 2023.

EINDHOVEN, NETHERLANDS - JUNE 01: Vivianne Miedema of Netherlands (L) celebrates the second goal with Merel van Dongen (C) and Lieke Martens (R) during the international friendly match beweteen Netherlands Women and Australia Women at Phillips Stadium on June 01, 2019 in Eindhoven, Netherlands. (Photo by Christof Koepsel/Getty Images)
EINDHOVEN, NETHERLANDS – JUNE 01: Vivianne Miedema of Netherlands (L) celebrates the second goal with Merel van Dongen (C) and Lieke Martens (R) during the international friendly match beweteen Netherlands Women and Australia Women at Phillips Stadium on June 01, 2019 in Eindhoven, Netherlands. (Photo by Christof Koepsel/Getty Images)

In the meantime, there will be a substantial payrise to come into effect after the Women’s World Cup this summer in France that will run up to (and including) the 2021 Euros that will take place in England.

They will then receive another payrise to run between 2021 and 2023 before they reach parity with the men’s side.

“This is a great step forward … and a fine nod towards our current group,” said Dutch international and Arsenal star Vivianne Miedema.

Back in 2017, Miedema made a call for both to be paid equally when Norway announced they would be doing exactly that. I’m sure she wasn’t expecting it to come so soon given how women are generally treated in the world of football.

“It’s really important as we put the exact same effort into our national side as the men do,” she told the Guardian.

“I think you deserve the same. We are European champions. The men don’t even qualify for the World Cup, don’t qualify for the Euros. It’s fair to say we deserve as much money as them right now. All due respect but our men’s team make millions a year, way more than the Norwegian team. Our association is so rich and we hope we’ll get a better deal as well.”

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