La Liga Femenina to be Called to an End

The Primera Iberdrola is expected to be called to an end during a Real Federación Española de Fútbol meeting on Friday.

The ruling will not exclusively apply to the Primera Iberdrola (Spain’s top women’s tier) but will impact all non-professional leagues in Spain as well. This is despite clubs requesting the season for the top two tiers of women’s football to be continued.

It is understood that Barcelona have been crowned champions as they are the current first-placed team. The Catalan side are currently nine points clear at the top of the table. If they are awarded the title, it will be their first in five years.

Second place Atletico Madrid will be awarded a spot in the Champions League by virtue of their league position.

Additionally, there will be no relegation, which means sides like Espanyol and Valencia will be spared demotion into the Reto Iberdrola.

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The league will be expanded from 16 to 18 teams, due to the fact promotion hasn’t been suspended. SD Eibar and Santa Teresa Badajoz will take the extra places next season.

This will not be a permanent change, as four teams are due to be relegated at the end of the 2020-21 campaign. This makes the top division status of some sides even more precarious.

The decision will not only impact the league but also cup competitions as well. The last rounds of the Copa De La Reina are also set to be completed next season. Barcelona are due to face Sevilla and Logrono will square off against Athletic Bilbao. However, it’s not yet known at what time these fixtures will be played.

This announcement is not unique in the top divisions of women’s football. Ligue 1 Feminine was also abandoned last month.

Still, Frauen Bundesliga appears to be going ahead and the Women’s Super League keeps brainstorming ways the league can be completed. Only time will tell what wider implications this verdict could have and whether more leagues will follow suit.

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