Paid sportsmen

The legislation has clarified in Article 1, 11° of the RD what the term 'professional sportsmen and women' should be taken to mean: "The sportsmen and women engaged with an employment contract for paid sports persons, in accordance with the provisions of the law of 24 February 1978 concerning the employment contract for paid sportsmen."

By paid sportsmen and women is meant: the persons who engage to prepare themselves for, or take part in a sports competition or spectator event under the authority of another person at a salary that exceeds a certain amount.

To be a professional sportsman or woman, there are two conditions to be met:
1. one need to prepare for and/or participating in sports competitions or events, to be paid a salary and to be under the authority of another person;
2. the salary one receives, must exceed a certain threshold.

The Law for Professional Sportsmen and Women are also declared applicable by extension to the football and basketball referees and coaches in football, basketball, volleyball and cycling (coaches in other sport disciplines are excluded).

A minimum remuneration is the second condition: "The minimum remuneration paid for sports persons will be specified annually by the King after advice from the National Joint Committee for Sport." This pay applies for a period from 1 July of the current year to 30 June of the following year. Today this still is €81,600.00 gross on an annual basis (1 July 2018 to 30 June 2018), which is exactly the same amount as the previous period (1 July 2017 to 30 June 2018). In recent years this was: € 78,400 euro (2016-2017), € 76,800 (2015-2016) and € 75,200 (2014-2015).

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