Spanish female footballers to strike over pay and working hours

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Some 188 players agreed to go on strike over wages and working hours, with clubs saying they cannot afford their demands. Women’s football has grown in Spain since its debut at the 2015 World Cup.

Female footballers in Spain have gone on strike following a breakdown in talks with the league’s clubs over working hours and minimum wages. Of the around 200 members of the AFE players association who met in Madrid for talks on Tuesday, 93% backed the strike. If their demands are not met, the female footballers will stop playing in November — a move that would mark the first time ever female footballers strike in Spain. Some 16 first-division women’s clubs are operating in Spain, but only a few are considered professional. Among the most successful clubs are Barcelona and Atletico Madrid. Women’s football in Spain has grown dramatically since the 2015 World Cup, when the country made its first appearance in the tournament, and with it calls for more investment domestically have steadily increased. Read more: Women’s football in Germany: Glass half empty or half full? The proposed strike comes as players and the clubs have been working for over a year on what could be the league’s first collective agreement. At issue are working hours. The clubs have imposed a limit of 20 working hours per week, while players have insisted on 40 and say they are ready to agree to at lea

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