Six months after the Government announced its creation, the 16 clubs have managed to agree on the statutes that allow the creation of an employer’s association and the creation of the third professional competition in Spain
The Women’s Soccer League faces the final stretch to become the third professional sports competition in Spain. The government announced the professionalization last July, but the lack of agreement of the 16 clubs to agree on the statutes that are to govern this new employer’s association had caused a blockade that has finally been saved with some modifications, supervised by the Higher Sports Council.
The agreement on statutes was vital for the CSD to approve the professionalization of the Iberdrola League -the intention is that it will be called Liga Ellas-, but while 12 the 12 member teams of the Women’s Club Association (ACFF) put together a consensus proposal, Real Madrid, Barcelona Y Athletic they objected. The direct intervention of the Higher Sports Council as a mediator has been key to unclog the positions, although there are still pending fringes.
One of the stumbling blocks was the definition of the commercial rights that each club could maintain, especially those of audiovisual broadcast, which is intended to be done jointly. Real Madrid, Barcelona and Athletic have managed to blur that definition and, in the face of a joint sale, they will be able to defend the agreement they have until 2024 to be part of the lite program of the Spanish Football Federation, which also includes Madrid CFF, and for which they transfer their audiovisual rights in exchange for half a million euros per year, when the last joint marketing of the Iberdrola League was for three million. The possibility of seeing women’s football on television again remains, at the moment, in the air despite the agreement and neither party dares to deny that it ends up in court.
But there are two other requirements that, finally, have been decisive. The first is that these clubs will not have to become Sports Limited Companies. This is required by the current Sports Law, but the GNP made that proposal and the Government accepts because it has spent the entire legislature finalizing its reform so that this condition that affects all teams in professional competitions disappears.
The other affects the necessary endorsements to be submitted by club officers. The Law requires that they must be 15% of the budget but there were clubs in favor of lowering them, something that Real Madrid did not see with good eyes. Finally, a percentage is fixed that each team sets in its own statutes, which allows Florentino Prez to maintain that 15%.
RFEF report and elections
Once the statutes have been agreed, it is mandatory that the RFEF present to the CSD an assessment report that the Association of Football Clubs already warns will be negative, because the professionalization of the Women’s League means removing it from the umbrella of amateur football under federative tutelage. However, this report is not binding.
When the direct commission of the CSD approves the statutes, a founding commission will be constituted and elections for the presidency and vice-presidency will be called. It will be the 16 clubs who vote by majority who will preside over the body, which will be a woman and among the candidates could be mara tato, former director of Athletic and director of the women’s football area in the RFEF, Mara Teixid, former director of Bara, and Ana Muoz, former director general of the CSD and former vice president of integrity of the RFEF.
The chosen one will design a structure, headed by a general management approved in the Assembly, which will receive five million from the CSD each of the next three seasons and will have to design a coordination agreement with the Federation.
In addition, the Government approved 16 million more in aid to improve the infrastructures of the clubs. In total, the public support for the professionalization of women’s football will be 31 million euros.
Reference from elmundo