The collective agreement of the soccer players in Spain

Updated 04/29/2020

Written by

Pablo Bruera



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After a year and a half of negotiations between all the soccer institutions, Spain has a collective agreement for the Iberdrola (first division) soccer players. Without a doubt, it is a historical fact and it comes after the strike of November 2019 that the soccer players carried out, fed up with waiting for the papers to be signed so that their rights are recognized.

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This is an instrument that generates a great boost to Spanish women's football, taking into account the support it has received from the Royal Spanish Football Federation (RFEF), UEFA (Union of European Football Associations), the Association of Women's Clubs of Soccer, the unions, and the own participation and commitment of the soccer players.


There were long discussions among all the organizations that basically hovered around economic and financing issues that made the activity sustainable over time, although political issues also crept in.


It is the first collective agreement in all of Europe, so it was well worth the wait to reach an agreement between all the parties and endorsed by the State.


The salary agreements, which was one of the most difficult points to solve, could be solved after finding funds in the RFEF, UEFA, professional league, television rights (even today the conflicts over the broadcasting rights of the parties continue. ), sponsors, etc.


Another key issue was, if the footballers were included from retroiberdrola, something that unfortunately has been left for a second stage. In other words, this agreement only covers Iberdrola footballers. There are around 300 players divided into 15 teams the soccer players included in the agreement. Recall that the second division has 32 teams.


The RFEF promised to guarantee the funds it provides for 4 years.

The agreement was signed by the employers, ACFF (Association of women's soccer clubs), the unions and endorsed by the State.


The partiality in the working time of the soccer players was another important discussion, since the clubs intended to make contracts for 50% of the working day, but finally the agreement establishes the partiality for 75%.


The minimum salary for a full-time footballer is set at € 16,000 and the part-time contract at € 12,000. This salary agreement improves the conditions of 40% of Iberdrola footballers.


The agreement was signed in February 2020 retroactive to June 30, 2019 until June 30, 2020 and will be extended. When the agreement began to be implemented, the pandemic came to paralyze the activity and fill the present and future of soccer in general and women's in particular with uncertainty.


The most important points of the agreement


The salary is made up of: hiring bonus (transfer), party bonus, monthly salary, extraordinary payments, seniority award and image exploitation rights. The full-time minimum wage is established at 16,000 Euros per year or the proportional amount of the working day agreed in article 7.


The soccer players who received between 12,000 and 15,999 with a partial contract of less than 75% of the ordinary working day, go on to have a working day of at least 75% of the ordinary working day and charge 16,000 Euros per year, or the proportional amount respecting article 7.

Those that charge between 16,000 and 30,000 Euros per year with a partial contract of less than 75% of the ordinary working day, must go to 75% of said working day and increase 2000 Euros per year.


Hiring premiums can be paid in 4 installments or more, distributed throughout the season. If the amount is not determined for each season, it will arise from dividing the stipulated amount by the years or seasons of the contract.


The match bonus is agreed between each club and its staff, or with each player individually. The image exploitation right carries the concept of salary.


During the vacations the soccer players will receive the monthly salary increased by any other concept that corresponds to them.


All wages must be paid on official receipts.


Payment of salary must be made within the first 5 days of the month.


The match premium will be made within 15 days of its accrual.


The seniority award is paid at the end of the contract and goes from season 6 to 9 from 2000 to 3500 Euros.


During temporary incapacity, the club / SAD must complete the benefit through social security, up to 100% of their remuneration.


Only risky activities are excluded.


The compensation for death is 60,000 Euros and for absolute disability is 90,000 Euros, provided that the event was a direct consequence of playing soccer under club / SAD activities.


Soccer players are free to express their opinions without limits other than the law.

All footballers must have the right to privacy, protection from sexual, racial, religious harassment, etc.


Footballers have recognized their rights to participate in union life, the right to study, the reconciliation between professional and family life and protection against all types of violence.


In cases of pregnancy, during her last contract season, the footballer can renew the contract for an additional season, under the same conditions, or not renew it.

In everything not provided for in this agreement, the supplementary right is Royal Decree 1006/1985, the statute of workers and labor standards.


The agreement has three annexes: a contract model, a harassment protocol and the disciplinary regime.

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