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The Danish national women’s team has successfully negotiated a new four-year agreement on working conditions.

Under the accord, the European Championship finalist will benefit from an annual total of about 4.4 million Danish kroner ($700,000 USD) in monthly allowances, match bonuses and health insurance cover. The annual amount is similar to what the Norwegian women’s national team recently negotiated.

The collective bargaining agreement, or CBA, will also result in the Danish federation investing in better apparel and training facilities for the women’s team. A CBA is a legally-binding contract between an employer and staff, negotiated by their trade union.

 “We are extremely happy that this new and significantly-improved CBA is now in place,” Pernille Harder, captain of the Danish women’s national team, said. “This is a very important step in the right direction for women’s football in Denmark.”

The Danish Football Players’ Association, Spillerforeningen, negotiated the agreement on behalf of the women’s team.

“With significantly increased investment in the Danish women’s national team and improved conditions for the players, we have ensured that the current positive development in Danish women’s football will continue,” Mads Oland, Director of Spillerforeningen, said.

“The players will now be able to optimize their daily training and recovery, and generally have better opportunities to combine their daily life with the national team.”

The accord ends a negotiation which included two periods of conflict, in which the players sat out a friendly game against the Netherlands and a World Cup qualifier against Sweden. This resulted in UEFA sanctions: Sweden was awarded a 3–0 win and the Danish federation was fined 20,000 euros.

Spillerforeningen also collectively bargained a new four-year deal for the men’s under-21 team. The men’s senior national team deal expires after the 2018 World Cup in Russia, and will be renegotiated shortly.

Picture above: The Danish team training with their player union earlier this year. Below: Danish captain Pernille Harder speaks to media in September.

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