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The Danish women’s national team plays Hungary in a World Cup qualifier today. The match was in doubt until yesterday because of a pay dispute.

1. What is the dispute about?
Several of the Danish squad don’t have a professional contract with a club so the group is seeking a basic monthly fee (of less than 1,000 euros) for these players who spend an average of almost 70 days a year on international duty. The Danish federation (DBU) does not want to be considered an employer of these national-team players.

2. Is the dispute over?
No. The players, assisted by their national player union, Spillerforeningen, have reached only an outline agreement with the DBU and they will resume talks after the match.

3. Are Denmark a force in women’s football?
Yes. The Danes were runner-up to the Netherlands in this summer’s European Championship, earning the DBU prize money of 1 million euros. The federation has set the team a target of reaching the semifinals of the 2019 World Cup in France and qualifying for the 2020 Olympics.

4. Is this the first dispute of its kind in women’s football?
No. The Irish women’s team threatened to pull out of a friendly match against Slovakia in April. The Irish were also seeking compensation from their national federation. "Essentially, we're paying to play for our country," Aine O'Gorman, who works as a personal trainer, told FIFPro at the time. "We have to take days off work but we're not reimbursed. It's a great honour to play for your country but you shouldn't be out of pocket. People have lives, houses, and need to feed themselves." The Scottish women’s national team also objected to terms offered by their federation before the European Championship. The Irish and Scottish eventually resolved their disputes with help from their player unions.

5. How many other national women’s teams are not paid?
Thirty-five per cent of national team players don’t receive any compensation for representing their country, according to a recent FIFPro survey of 3,300 women players from 33 countries.

6. What do the Danish men’s national team players say?
They are supportive. They have suggested that the DBU redistributes 500,000 Danish Kroner (€75,000) a year of the men’s team’s income to the women’s national team. “Women must not have inferior rights to us,” said captain Simon Kjaer.

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