Spanish women call off strike as FPF agrees minimum wage package

September 14 – Spain’s women’s players have called off a strike after reaching an agreement with Liga F and its clubs over minimum wages. The season will now start this weekend.

The Futbol Profesional Femenino (FPF), the body responsible for the country’s top women’s football league, said that the strike was ended following the agreement.

Players had gone on strike over working conditions as well as remuneration, but in a statement, the FPF said: ”The commitment and repeated efforts of the clubs during the negotiation process have made a fundamental contribution to achieving the much-needed peace scenario without losing sight of the sustainability of the competition.”

The signed agreement will guarantee a minimum salary of €21,000 for the current season, rising to €23,000 based on any increase in commercial revenues. Over the next few seasons, the salary will rise to €22,500 and up to €25,000. The final season under the agreement is set to have a minimum salary of €23,500, possibly rising to €28,000.

In 2021, Spanish women’s elite club football became professional with the Spanish government announcing that the Primera Iberdrola division would be considered professional from the start of the 2021-22 season.

However, while Barcelona and others have competed in the Champions League, other clubs and players have struggled in an environment that attracts sponsors but does not generate the commercial revenue of the men’s game. The new minimum wage will offer more security to the players.

The strike was not related to the Luis Rubiales scandal, who kissed Jennifer Hermoso on the lips after the Women’s World Cup final, received major criticism, was suspended for 90 days by FIFA and ultimately stepped down from his position as president of the RFEF and a UEFA vice president.

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