The Royal Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) announced that it advances the start of the First Iberdrola, the highest category of Spanish women’s football, on the weekend of October 3 and 4.

“The Management Commission of the Royal Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) approved today advance the First Iberdrola to the weekend of October 3 and 4 “, informed the RFEF.

Therefore, the first day is brought forward “once the CSD has given the green light to the protocol for be able to start competitions and, after reaching an agreement with the participating clubs, who have supported this decision unanimously “.

The RFEF also announced that the Iberdrola Challenge, the Second Division, “changes format to fit the calendar“and” will begin the weekend of October 17-18.

In the same way, the RFEF approved the competition rules, “which include extraordinary provisions by COVID 19 contemplating different assumptions “, such as” the changes that can be made in a match go up to 5 (before there were 4), and they expand the number of players with a mandatory professional card. Thus, in the First Division there will be a minimum of 14 (compared to the previous 12) and in Challenge a minimum of 6 (compared to the previous 4) “.

New format in the Challenge

The operation of the Second division is based on the fact that the two existing groups, distinguished between North and Sure, “are divided into two subgroups each, of 8 and 9 teams, respectively, applying the proximity criterion geographic. Subgroups A (of 8 teams) will play a total of 14 games in 14 days and subgroups B (of 9 teams) will play 16 games in 18 days “.

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In addition to the regular phase, it will feature “a second with specific stages. In the second, each of the North and South groups, the four best of each subgroup will form a new set or promotion subgroup (8 teams), which will compete for the title of Group Champion “.