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Spanish women footballers secure historic pay agreement

Players went on strike in November to demand better pay and conditions.
Players had gone on strike in November to demand better pay and conditions.

The first collective agreement in the history of Spanish women's football, a deal that will improve conditions for top-flight players, has been signed after 16 months of negotiations.

In November, players went on strike for the first time ever when negotiations broke down after over a year. 

"This Collective Agreement will give security to the group with a framework of employment relations already set that equals women with men in football.

"The signing of this agreement is a historic...

Barcelona women thrash Real Sociedad 10-1 to lift first ever Super Cup

Barcelona cruised to an emphatic victory to lift the Women's Spanish Supercopa.

Barcelona hit double figures as they hammered Real Sociedad 10-1 to win the inaugural edition of the Women's Spanish Supercopa in Salamanca on Sunday.

Right-back Marta Torrejon struck four times, with Alexia Putellas and Asisat Oshoala both scoring two each. Caroline Graham Hansen and Candela Andujar were also on target for Barca. Manuela Lareo scored La Real's consolation goal.

Both sets of players crossed their arms for about 30 seconds at the beginning of a match to demand the signing of the...

Spanish federation to pay part of women players' wages to avoid strike

Players of FC Barcelona women celebrate
Players from Barcelona's women's team would be part of a planned strike in the Primera Division Iberdrola.

Spain's soccer federation (RFEF) has pledged €1.15 million to help pay the salaries of women's top-flight players in order to try to prevent a planned strike, it said on Wednesday.

The decision followed a meeting between the players and RFEF president Luis Rubiales.

"The RFEF will pay a part of the salary of players in the Primera Division Iberdrola in order to unblock the stand off that currently exists between clubs and athletes," said an RFEF statement.

"The RFEF will guarantee a minimum...

Spanish first division women footballers strike as negotiations over pay stall

Spain women line up for their World Cup round-of-16 clash with USA
Spain women line up for their World Cup round-of-16 clash with USA.

The football players in the Spanish women's first division have announced they will go on strike indefinitely because of a deadlock in negotiations regarding the improvement of their rights.

A total of 188 female players from the 16 clubs of the Primera Iberdrola, Spain's top division, met on Tuesday evening in Madrid, and voted, with 93% in support of a strike going ahead.

A statement from the players' union (AFE) read: "The footballers have decided to go on strike in view of the situation regarding...

Barcelona open to signing USWNT star Rapinoe

Juan Mata feels players should not just stick to playing football and instead follow the lead of figures like Megan Rapinoe.

Barcelona have opened the door to the possibility of signing the United States World Cup star Megan Rapinoe.

Rapinoe, 34, said last week she would be keen to end her career in Europe, suggesting a move to Barcelona would be her preferred option.

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Barca have invested heavily in their women's team since turning professional in 2015, with Jenni Hermoso and Caroline Graham Hansen among the big signings made this summer.

"I...