Ajax, PSV & Feyenoord – Doing their bit for the Dutch

A well-deserved round of applause for the Dutch sides that have taken the unprecedented step of sharing all European earnings made this season with the rest of the Eredivisie.

Ajax and PSV have made it to the group stages of the Champions League whereas Feyenoord came up short in the Europa League, having been knocked out in the qualifying round.

However, the disappointment of the men from Rotterdam is a mere blip compared to the gesture made.

The country’s three biggest clubs have agreed to give 10% of their earnings to the rest of the league, as a way of ensuring Dutch football doesn’t fall too far behind.

To give some perspective, Group stage qualification in the UCL is worth roughly £20m and Ajax currently sit top of their group having gained a well-earned draw with German giants Bayern Munich.

The intention? To improve the overall standard of Dutch football and aid the removal of plastic pitches.

As it stands an additional and unexpected £4m is about to be ploughed into the game in Holland and this will soften the blow of a newly proposed league structure to those unfortunate enough who will have to drop out of the top division.

A new structure will see the Eredivise drop from 18 sides to 16 with end of season play offs, with the future top division being separated much like the Belgian top tier.

The Belgian league system currently consists of 16 teams and at the end of the season the top 6 clubs qualify for a Championship play-off.

While places 7 to 15 qualify for Europa League play-off system and the bottom side gets relegated to the 2nd tier. However, any final changes are yet to be disclosed.

With the national side failing to reach Russia 2018 and Euro 2016, the agreement is also seen as a way to aid the nation and stop the slide.

Needless to say the recent 3-0 victory of Germany will have raised hopes once more.

All of the talk of single figure millions will sound like a drop in the ocean to any follower of and English Premier League side, but outside the bubble that Sky and BT provide – this is how football is for many leagues all over the continent.

Perhaps other countries could ask their regular European teams to forgo a small percentage of their added income to aid both club and country?

The media have labelled it all “the stronger the opponent, the stronger you will become,”

Ajax, PSV and Feyenoord have shown the way for others to follow.

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