Barcelona are Spanish champions for the 6th time (source: Barcelona)
Barcelona are Spanish champions for the 6th time (source: Barcelona)

Spanish Women’s Football turns professional as Spanish Higher Sports Council officially approved the creation of a professional women’s football league.

From the next season onwards, Iberdrola is stepping down as a main sponsor and competition will be renamed as Liga Ellas. Number of teams will be reduced to 16 (currently 18), which means that with EDF Logroño, CD Santa Teresa and RCD Espanyol are already relegated. Official confirmation for relegation of the 4th team, Deportivo Abanca, should come in the next few days. Deportivo Alavés and FC Villarreal will join the new Liga Ellas from the second division.

Liga Ellas’ clubs will be legally bound to provide the women players with the same basic conditions as male professional footballers. For most female players, that will lead to an improvement of their working conditions. After more than a year of AFE’s hard work, Higher Sports Court in Spain, announced that a professional women’s league can be formed.

“Professional league status is still extremely rare in professional women’s football, making this achievement not only significant for the Spanish league, the clubs and the players, but also significant globally for the women’s football industry. This provides a vital foundation to enable all sorts of rights, conditions, and protections within the league for greater standards across the board,” said Sarah Gregorius, FIFPRO’s Director Global Policy & Strategic Relations Women’s Football.



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