“One month before the start of a professional league about which very little is known, as usual in women’s football, the processes drag on,” protested the former Athletic Club goalkeeper , Ainhoa Tirapu , on Twitter. His complaints were joined by one of the Barça defenders of the triplet, Andrea Pereira , protesting in a tweet in which one could read: “The great lie of the professional women’s league.”
And they were right because from the declaration of professional women’s football by Irene Lozano on June 15 to the reality that starts this weekend there is a stretch. And that stretch is immobility and lack of evolution. There are no statutes, no assigned directors.
Nor has the new professional league been registered in the CSD registry and women’s football remains in the hands of the RFEF, which will organize the Primera Iberdrola for another season. One and no more, they say from the Government. Although there are those who doubt. Because there are unexpected obstacles. As the CSD asks, against the law, unanimity in the proposal of statutes approved by 12 of the 16 clubs in the League.
“We will notice the change when there really is. Once again, promises come but everything remains the same ”, protests for EL PERIÓDICO the SD Eibar midfielder Maria Llompart. Their complaints extend throughout an entire League in which the protagonists have been learning about the changes of scenery via Twitter.
“More or less we all agree,” says Villarreal CF player, Lara Mata. Not a call, not a statement. The government and the CSD, in charge of directing the process towards professionalization , have forgotten about them, some soccer players who, far from the mess of the offices, have long become references.
Referents for those who come, for those who are, but above all for the world. Francis Díaz, coach of UDG Tenerife, summarizes it quickly. “The girls have always been professionals in fact, now they will be in law. We have one of the most important leagues in the world and we have to continue growing and betting so that the competition continues to be attractive ”.
The coach hopes that the professionalization will end up arriving in the middle of the season. The footballers are far away and they are already waiting for the next campaign. Of course, they all agree on something: “We cannot focus on what we cannot control, ours is football.” And in that, for years that Spanish women have been among the best on the continent.