Footballers’ union Futpro and Liga F announced on Wednesday night that they have ended the strike after female football players in the Spanish first division reached an agreement on salary increases.
In a statement released late Wednesday, the players’ union said: “An agreement has been reached between management and the unions.”
The strike halted Liga F’s first round matches last weekend. However, this weekend’s games will continue following Wednesday’s announcement.
Futpro states that the new wage agreements mean that female football players will be guaranteed a minimum salary of “21,000 euros for the 2023/24 season, 22,500 euros for the 2024/25 season and 23,500 euros from the 2025/26 season.”
But Futpro, which has called for improvements in working conditions for female players, particularly regarding maternity leave and an “anti-harassment protocol”, warns that this progress is “only the beginning”.
“The clubs’ efforts during the negotiations made a fundamental contribution to the realization of the necessary social efforts, without losing sight of the economic sustainability of the competition,” Liga F said.
The unions were demanding wages “commensurate with their abilities” from the players, some of whom became world champions with Spain on 20 August.
Last season, a referee strike disrupted the start of the championship before the league agreed to increase match fees and the Spanish government pledged to contribute to a pension fund for referees.
The players’ strike comes as Spanish women’s football has been thrown into chaos following the scandal in which FA President Luis Rubiales forced a kiss on world champion Jenni Hermoso following La Roja’s World Cup victory.
While Rubiales eventually resigned on Sunday, so did one of her close friends, the coach of the world champion women’s team. Jorge Vilda was firedHe was replaced last week by his assistant Montse Tomé, the first woman to hold this position in Spain.