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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...

Barca Women thrash Atleti in Spanish Clasico

Players of FC Barcelona women celebrate
The Barcelona Women celebrate a goal in their convincing victory over Atletico Madrid.

BARCELONA -- Spanish champions Atletico Madrid saw their 100 percent start to the season ended in emphatic fashion on Saturday as they were hammered 6-1 by title rivals Barcelona.

Barca won their opening fixture 9-1 against Tacon -- who will become known as Real Madrid next season -- but it is their fixture against Atletico which is known as the Clasico of women's football in Spain.

A surprise draw at Rayo Vallecano last weekend, though, meant the Blaugrana went into the fixture two points behind...

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Barca crush Real's squad in women's Clasico

Barcelona beat Real Madrid-backed CD Tacon in what was billed as the first women's Clasico of the two sides.

Spain international Jenni Hermoso scored a late hat-trick as Barcelona hammered CD Tacon 9-1 on the opening day of Spain's Women's Primera Division on Saturday, giving the team absorbed by Real Madrid a rude awakening to life in the top flight.

Madrid reached a deal earlier this year to buy capital club Tacon although they will not officially become part of Real until July 2020, yet the game was still billed by many as the first women's Clasico between Spain's biggest sides.

Barca's shiny new Estadi...