From the next month of August, Argentina will have its first professional female league, which will include popular and historical teams such as Boca Juniors, River Plate, Estudiantes de la Plata and Independiente. It is a revolutionary announcement.
The Argentine soccer federation and the Argentine Football Association union have been examining ways to develop women's soccer. In this regard, the federation and the union signed an agreement under which the clubs of the women's first division (consisting of 16 teams) will provide professional contracts to eight players per team.
The agreement indicates that the federation will contribute to finance the salaries of the new professional players, contributing 120,000 pesos (about 2,800 dollars) per month for each of the 16 clubs; This equates to approximately $ 350 per player, slightly higher than the minimum national salary in Argentina.
The soccer players will have a minimum contract of one year, will receive social security coverage and will undergo a medical check before the start of the season, by Agremiados. The union and the federation have established a working group to ensure that the training camps and stadiums where they play have a high standard.
Awareness of women's football is increasing in Argentina, as the national team has qualified for this year's Women's World Cup, which will be held in France, and the country is bidding (along with seven other bidders) to host the 2023 edition The federation seems to be taking care of the protests of the players about the inferior conditions to the standards that are appreciated in the feminine sport.
As it is remembered, a few months ago, Macarena Ánchez filed a legal proceeding against the Federation, in an attempt to be recognized as a professional footballer.
The beginning of a professional league establishes a solid base for women's football to develop in Argentina, and the terms of the collective agreement negotiated by Agremiados places female soccer in Argentina at the head of several leading nations in this field, among which They find Brazil and Croatia, according to Sergio Marchi, general secretary of the union Agremiados. There are also plans to add other specific terms for women's football, including maternity leave.