Within the last few years, women’s football has gained interest from across the world. The fight for equal appreciation and representation in football is developing the brand and the sport is benefitting in a lot of ways.
Out of the existing female professional leagues, only a few major clubs do not have have representation and Real Madrid is one of them. As one of the biggest clubs in the world, it is surprising that there is no female counterpart but now, things are changing.
Early yesterday morning, popular news outlet El Mundo reported that Real Madrid will be introducing Real Madrid Women’s team to the Iberdrola (Women’s Premeira Division) come the 2019/20 season. The official announcement is set to be made before the end of the month.
The club is supposedly taking the place of the recently promoted CD Tacon after paying 500,000 euros for their spot.
So while we wait to see if President Florentino Perez and company are indeed going to follow through with the idea, let’s take a look at what a female team would mean for the future of football and the future of this club.
If (or let’s say when) the announcement is made, the addition will be massive for Women’s football inside Spain and around the world.
As mentioned before, many clubs, fans and journalists were astonished at the fact that the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu was not home to a female club. In Spain alone, there are already 16 teams part of the women’s division including Atletico Madrid, Valencia, Sevilla and Barcelona so Madrid sticks out like a sore thumb.
In recent years, both Atletico Madrid and Barcelona have dominated the game with the team from the capital winning the league the last three years in a row and the Catalans reaching the Champions League Final. Adding Real Madrid into the mix would create more mouth-watering matchups including a female El Classico and Madrid derby.
Creating a female team also helps the future of football by giving talented players, (who deserve all sorts of recognition), a chance to grow their game and be seen. The Spanish Football Federation is also acknowledging this.
It was announced on Friday that they will be investing 20 million euros into women’s football for the 2019/20 season and giving all first division games and three second division matches broadcasting opportunities.
However, one thing is we have to be realistic about how this team may come together.
It takes a (very) long time to structure and finalize a new team so while the club may have been working on the project for the last few months, leaving only July and August to find players may be cutting it close.
The club will only want to allow the best of the best to wear the white jersey however, most of the best female talents in the world are already signed to other clubs due to Real Madrid not being an option.
Whether that means using a lot of current CD Tacon player, trying to offer superstar players outrageous contracts or even scouting talent during the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup, Perez will have a lot of paper work to get through.
But regardless of all the work ahead, if there was any time for Real Madrid to introduce a club, it’s now. With all the pieces falling into place, the giant club needs to take this giant step for the sake of the game.