The Sports Act 1990, the reform of which has not just taken shape after the last governments have promised it, establishes that the condition of professional in Spain only two competitions meet it: the men’s soccer league in the First and Second Division and the ACB basketball league.
This will change from next season, as announced Irene Lozano, president of the Higher Sports Council, during the delivery of the Lili Álvarez Journalism Awards.
“I would like us to have one of the best women’s leagues in Europe and the way to do it is for it to be professional,” Lozano assured. “I believe that our women footballers deserve it, society demands it and the Government has a firm commitment,” he added. The Secretary of State for Equality and against Gender Violence, Noelia Vera, has also made that commitment explicit.
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The decision, which will require legislative reform, has initial support from LaLiga, that as soon as he heard the news he issued a statement applauding Lozano’s decision … but with his battle against the RFEF background.
The body chaired by Luis Rubiales took over the current Primera Iberdrola two campaigns ago, something that has added another stick to the stake of the particular war it has with Javier Tebas.
Therefore, it is no coincidence that the statement contains a ‘message’ in this regard.
“In spite of not be the official organizer of the competition, LaLiga has been betting for five years on the promotion and development of women’s football in general, and the recognition of the role of women footballers in particular, and considers that this news will not only be a definitive boost for the growth of its highest competition, but of all categories of women’s football. Similarly, this decision will mean un deserved recognition to the work carried out by Clubs and players to place women’s football at the highest level “, they highlight.
Spanish women’s football just signed a few months ago the long-awaited Collective Agreement that frames the labor relationship of soccer players with their clubs, thus making progress towards professionalization one more step towards full equality in terms of rights and obligations.