The Spanish women’s team will receive the same as the men’s. This is a breakthrough

Ulyana Lukyanchenko

Ulyana Lukyanchenko

Irene Paredes

Until recently, women’s teams in Spain fought for minimum wages and sick days.

The Royal Spanish Football Federation has announced the signing of an agreement that establishes the same bonuses for the game in both the men’s and women’s national team of Spain.

  • The agreement guarantees the same bonuses for performance in the national team, a percentage of sponsorship contracts for each player.
  • The agreement also guarantees improved working conditions – the same costs for accommodation and meals during the tournaments.
  • It comes into force with the European Championship 2022, which starts in July, and will be valid for five seasons, including the 2023 and 2027 World Cups, as well as the Paris 2024 Olympic Games.

The Spanish Football Association wants to reduce the huge pay gap between men’s and women’s football in this way. However, the exact amounts of premiums and bonuses are not mentioned in the agreement. Now the players do not receive fixed salaries for playing in the Spanish national team, their money depends on the frequency of getting into the starting line-up, the results of the team, the stage of the tournament, image rights and sponsorship contracts.

Marcos Alonso in the match Spain - Czech Republic in the League of Nations in a women's team jersey

Marcos Alonso in the match Spain – Czech Republic in the League of Nations in a women’s team jersey

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The agreement was signed on 15 June. Spain women’s team captain and Barcelona defender Irene Paredes called the day “historic”. And the president of the Royal Spanish Football Federation, Luis Rubiales, said that Spain should promote women’s football: “We are working to close the wage gap compared to men’s teams and we are very grateful to the players for the trust.”

Similar agreements are already in place in England, Brazil, Australia, Norway, Denmark, New Zealand and the United States. In February, the American women’s team was able to win a discrimination trial (hearings have been going on since 2016) and have achieved the same money in the teams in absolutely everything – from payment for training sessions to a percentage of tickets sold.

Alexia Putellas for Spain

Alexia Putellas for Spain

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Spain has only recently recognized the professional status of La Liga players. In November 2019, players from all first division clubs refused to attend matches in protest against the Association of Women’s Football Teams in Spain. So the players drew attention to the problems both in the championship and in the national team.

In fact, the players wanted the minimum operating conditions:

  • a minimum salary of € 16,000 per year;
  • paid decree;
  • injury care insurance.

The strike worked, and in February 2020, the association signed an agreement that recognized the professional status of the clubs in the first and second divisions of the women’s La Liga and provided them with everything they needed to work full-time. And yesterday, the Royal Spanish Football Federation created equal conditions for earning men’s and women’s national teams.

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