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Spanish first division women footballers strike as negotiations over pay stall

Spain women line up for their World Cup round-of-16 clash with USA
Spain women line up for their World Cup round-of-16 clash with USA.

The football players in the Spanish women's first division have announced they will go on strike indefinitely because of a deadlock in negotiations regarding the improvement of their rights.

A total of 188 female players from the 16 clubs of the Primera Iberdrola, Spain's top division, met on Tuesday evening in Madrid, and voted, with 93% in support of a strike going ahead.

A statement from the players' union (AFE) read: "The footballers have decided to go on strike in view of the situation regarding...

Barca Women thrash Atleti in Spanish Clasico

Players of FC Barcelona women celebrate
The Barcelona Women celebrate a goal in their convincing victory over Atletico Madrid.

BARCELONA -- Spanish champions Atletico Madrid saw their 100 percent start to the season ended in emphatic fashion on Saturday as they were hammered 6-1 by title rivals Barcelona.

Barca won their opening fixture 9-1 against Tacon -- who will become known as Real Madrid next season -- but it is their fixture against Atletico which is known as the Clasico of women's football in Spain.

A surprise draw at Rayo Vallecano last weekend, though, meant the Blaugrana went into the fixture two points behind...

England Women's Duggan joins Atletico Madrid

Toni Duggan, Barcelona
Toni Duggan helped Barcelona reach the Champions League final last season.

England international Toni Duggan has signed for Atletico Madrid after her contract expired with Barcelona.

Duggan, 28, has signed a two-year deal with the Spanish champions following a two-year stint with the Catalans.

"This is an amazing opportunity to play for one of the greatest clubs in Europe," Duggan said.

"I had several different offers -- from all around the world -- but at this stage in my career, I wanted to join a side that is consistently challenging for honours and Atletico's record...