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Denmark’s women’s national team players have agreed to a provisional deal with their country’s football association (DBU) and will return to training today in preparation for the World Cup qualifier against Croatia on Tuesday.

The players and their union, Spillerforeningen, will resume negotiations with the DBU after the match, with representatives from both FIFPro and UEFA on hand to help mediate.

“We fully support the Danish players,” said FIFPro Secretary General, Theo van Seggelen, “as they are fighting for fair compensation for all the time they spend with the national team.

We appreciate the role of UEFA, whose involvement emphasizes the importance of taking care of football’s female players.”

FIFPro expects that both parties reach an agreement next week.

"It's important that we now have a deal in place that makes it possible to play the World Cup qualifiers and guarantees that we negotiate a collective agreement as soon as possible,” said Danish national team captain, Pernille Harder.

Match cancelled

Earlier this week, Denmark’s World Cup qualifier against Sweden was cancelled by the DBU after the plyers did not show up for training. The players informed DBU they would only turn up for official commitments if there would be a new deal.

For the approximately 70 days they spend annually with the national team, the players have, according to Danish media outlet Ekstra Bladet, tabled the following demands:

  • 10 players seeking monthly allowances of 7,000 Danish Krone ($1,110 USD)
  • 10 players seeking monthly allowances of 4,000 Danish Krone ($635 USD)
  • 7 players seeking monthly allowances of 1.000 DKK ($160 USD)

Reports suggest the difference between the two parties reaching a settlement is approximately USD 75,000.

The World Cup qualifier between Sweden and Denmark, which was due to take place today, has been cancelled and UEFA must now decide what the consequences will be.

Various Swedish players publicly stated their support for the Danish women.

Previous negotiations

Last month, Danish female players also challenged the DBU’s reluctance to meet their two most important demands:

  1. A basic monthly fee for all players;
  2. The players want to be considered employees of the DBU

The women threatened not to play their World Cup qualifier against Hungary without a satisfying deal. On the eve of the match, both parties came to an outline agreement, including an arrangement about the labour relationship between the DBU and the players.

After Denmark beat Hungary 6-1 talks resumed, however without any result.

The players and DBU have been negotiating since December 2016.