Players had announced the strike last month after failing to reach a deal with clubs over wages and working hours. More than 90 percent of the 200 players who voted favored the strike, the first in women’s soccer in Spain.
The players’ and clubs’ associations in Spain have been mired in negotiations over a first collective agreement for more than a year. Among other issues is the protection of benefits for players in the event of pregnancy.
Spain has 16 first-division women's clubs, but only a few are fully professional. The clubs claim they can’t afford the changes currently proposed by the players.
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