The Board of Directors of the Higher Sports Council (CSD) has approved this Tuesday the professionalization of the football feminine, a day that "will go down in history" for facilitating an "unprecedented advance in women's sports" and opening "a path that will lead to professionalizing other sports," according to the president of the CSD, José Manuel Franco.
This approval comes after Franco and the director general of the CSD, Albert Soler, have met with the clubs involved, the Association of Women's Soccer Clubs (ACFF), the Royal Spanish Soccer Federation (RFEF), LaLiga, and all the agents that directly or indirectly have to do with the future development of the competition.
In this way, the Government meets the objective, announced by the former president of the CSD, Irene Lozano, for women's football to be professional in the highest category of the Primera Iberdrola for the 2021-22 season. In the coming weeks, when the composition of the competition for next year is clarified, Franco will summon the clubs that will be part of the competition.
"This day will go down in history as the day of unprecedented advancement in women's sport. Today we have started by professionalizing women's football, but I am convinced that this is the beginning of a path that will lead to professionalizing other sports. It is a very special day for equality between men and women. In sport, women are still victims of a worrying inequality. This measure that we have approved today will not correct it at once, but it will be the first stone in the building that we are going to build to achieve effective equality in the world of sport and that, hopefully, it will be extended to the rest of the world. Spanish society, "Franco explained to the press.
Regarding the next steps, the top leader of the CSD advanced that "the first thing to do is create and approve statutes that regulate the operation of professional women's football ".
"From there, everything will develop, there will be a president, it would be good if she were a president. There will be obstacles to overcome, without a doubt, but we are going to do so seeking the maximum possible consensus. We have already started the path seeking consensus, we have talked to all parties involved and we will continue to do so, it is not easy, but we are determined to see it through. Today we have taken the start and reach the goal without any doubt ", he indicated.
In this process, the Royal Spanish Football Federation will have "a fundamental role", but it will be the CSD who will take the reins, according to Franco. "These first steps, and given that today there is enormous inequality between some clubs and others, they will be guided by the CSD. This embryo of professional football will have the unconditional support of the CSD ", he supported.
The members of the CSD Board of Directors who approved the measure are Beatriz Álvarez Mesa, General Director of Sports of the Government of the Principality of Asturias; Eduardo Moran Pacios, president of the León Provincial Council; Asunción Loriente, president of the Rowing Federation; David Aganzo, president of the Association of Spanish Footballers (AFE); Natalia Orive, president of the Futsal Players Association (AJFSF); and former judoka Ana Carrascosa.