The RFEF organized this Tuesday an act in the City of Football of Las Rozas to announce that it equalizes the economic conditions of the female and male team in terms of bonuses and image rights.. It is a relevant milestone that is defined in the regulatory framework of the new Sports Law and that other football federations have met for some time in countries such as Norway, Denmark, Finland, the Netherlands, England, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, Brazil and the United States.
Luis Rubiales, president of the RFEF; Amanda Gutirrez, president of FutPro; and the captains Irene Paredes, Alexia Putellas and Patri Guijarro occupied the main stage of the act in which the press did not participate.
“It is an agreement at the forefront of the top of the top at a European level,” he says. Luis Rubiales, president of the RFEF. The top leader explained that it is a agreement for five years -with two European Championships, two World Cups and, in the case of qualifying, an Olympic Games- which is divided into bonuses and image rights. Rubiales explains that it is a percentage with a corrective factor of positive discrimination because the money that comes from bonuses to the female categories is lower than that of the male ones. “We want to promote women’s sport and we want these distances to be shortened little by little,” he stressed.
Regarding image rights, he stressed that the players have had image rights since 2018, when Rubiales took office (since the World Cup in France). “That amount starts to improve from this year, and retroactively by 20% to 80% in 2027,” explained the president. In addition, the bonus for qualifying for a final phase is maintained and it was announced that the players will have a (non-specific) percentage of the patricionios that arrive at the Federation from now on, which will be distributed in the locker room as the players themselves estimate.
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“Today is a historic day. On behalf of all the players, I want to thank the RFEF for their efforts and especially Luis Rubiales for his predisposition and effort to reach such an important agreement and to demonstrate with actions his interest in continuing to push as far as possible.” high to our absolute selection”, said Irene Paredes, captain of the Spanish team. “The negotiation process has been long and as players we see it as complicated, but having reached an agreement of such magnitude reinforces the idea and commitment of the Federation with the women’s section and especially with the players of the absolute improving the conditions for improve what we know how to do best and be rewarded and improved in an outstanding way at the point of development that women’s football is at a global level,” she added.
“From FutPro we want to show our gratitude to the Federation for reaching this important agreement and demonstrate with facts that its interest is that women’s football continues to grow. The Federation has always been willing to speak showing that it supports women’s football,” he said Amanda Gutirrez, president of the FutPro union. “The organizations have to have a change of mentality, especially those that control this sport to achieve better conditions for the players and thus be able to compete on equal terms with our peers,” he stressed.
Milestone included in the new Sports Law
It should be noted that equal pay is included in the new Sports Law that the CSD will enforce for all federations where it is said that “equality of prizes between both sexes will be guaranteed whenever sporting events are organized or entrusted to a third party by a Public Administration, or are financed totally or partially through public funds. In the same way, it is guarantee that the system of allowances granted, when athletes compete with the corresponding national teams, is equal for men and women”.
The growth of aid and prizes from international organizations is also latent. UEFA already announced last October that it would double the amount of prizes received to date for this European Championship. The highest international organization guarantees 600,000 euros to the 16 participating teams, to which should be added 100,000 euros for victory and 50,000 euros in the group stage, as well as 205,000 euros for reaching the quarterfinals, 320,000 euros for the semifinalists, 420,000 euros for the runner-up and 660,000 for the champion of the competition. The prizes are cumulative, so a team with plenty of victories would pocket 2,085,000 euros.