The Spanish Women’s National Team will receive the same bonuses as their male counterparts as part of a new agreement announced by the Spanish Football Federation (RFEF).
The five-year deal will see players receive money from future sponsorship arrangements and income from image rights, as well as improvements to the team’s working conditions.
The agreement comes into force immediately, with Spain among the favourites for this summer’s European Championships – a side that boasts the likes of Ballon d’Or winner Alexia Putellas – set to get underway in England from next month.
“We have agreed with the Spanish Women’s National Team the amounts that will be allocated in bonuses and image rights during Euro 2022 and for the next five years,” the RFEF said in a statement.
Spain become the latest country to sign an agreement of this kind, following in the footsteps of the USWNT who were successful in negotiating collective bargaining agreements with U.S Soccer just last month.
President of the RFEF, Luis Rubiales, spoke of the deal’s significance in helping to create a more equal playing field on and off the pitch for female footballers.
“This is an important day. The agreement we have signed is at the forefront of world football. The five-year deal will cover upcoming World Cups, European Championships and, we hope, the Olympic Games.
“We have to promote women’s sport. We are working to shorten the distances with the men and we are grateful to the players for trusting in the benefits of this agreement.”
During yesterday’s press conference discussing the milestone moment in Spanish football, Rubiales did not provide specific details or figures relating to the agreement, neither did he take questions from the media relating to the topic.
As it stands, players don’t earn fixed salaries for representing their nations and instead are paid in various forms, depending on how each federation sees fit. Whether it’s through appearance fees, bonuses for progress at major competitions, image rights payments or a percentage of sponsorship agreements.
The fact this deal has been brokered is still a good sign of things to come, regardless of Rubiales’ reluctance to answer questions at this stage.
The tides are changing when it comes to ensuring sport is an industry that promotes and fosters equality – at all levels. Here’s hoping more nations fellow suit, and recognise the long overdue value and respect female footballers deserve.