El Partidazo de Cope is reporting that Real Madrid will soon create a women’s team at the junior level. An investment in a senior professional team has supposedly been ruled out because it was considered to be too “unprofitable.” It seems that the current focus is to expand the women’s game at the grassroots level, with the hope that this will translate into a squad that can later compete in the 1st division league - the Liga Iberdrola.
Rumors about a Real Madrid women’s football team have been wafting about for a long time. According to a recent article by the Independent, Pérez has been trying to lure star players from rival teams to kickstart a side of his own. The piece goes on to say:
It had been originally thought that Real would take over another club based in the city - CD Tacón, who play in Spanish women’s football’s second tier. But having now decided to start his own side, Perez is expected to recruit the two women who have made Tacón a success: Ana Rossell and Rene Ramos.
If these reports are accurate, it seems like Real Madrid are about to finally take some concrete action after decades of twiddling thumbs over the issue. It is frankly embarrassing that the club hasn’t managed to do this sooner. 20 of the 42 teams in the top two Spanish divisions - including FC Barcelona - have had women’s teams for a long while, so it’s good to see that Real are finally embracing the 21st century.
But, as promising as these reports are, it’s important to remember that this is only a small first step. Los Blancos still have to put in the requisite time and money to ensure that this initiative quickly transitions into a full-fledged senior women’s team. So let’s not pat ourselves on the back too vigorously, there’s still a long way to go before the world’s biggest club ensures that a proper team is created for the other half of society.