On Monday, the board of the Royal Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) approved the decision to bring forward the restart of the Primera Iberdrola to the weekend of October 3.
The decision was fully ratified when the National Sports Council (CSD) gave the green light to the protocols for starting the competitions and after an agreement was reached with the participating clubs.
Athletic Club will play the first weekend of the competition two weeks earlier than previously expected (October 18) but also one month later than the first date proposed for the return of play (September 5).
The competition rules have also been approved, these include some extraordinary measures in light of COVID-19: teams can now make five changes during a fixture (before it was four), and the number of players who must have a professional contract has risen from a minimum of 12 to 14.
Reto Iberdrola, divided into subgroups
As for the Reto Iberdrola -the Second Division- the competition will begin on the weekend of October 17. In a similar vein to other divisions managed by the RFEF, the two existing subgroups -North and South- have been further divided. There will be two new subgroups for each league, the new groups will contain eight or nine teams each based on geographical proximity.
Subgroups A (with eight teams) will play a total of 14 fixtures and in Subgroups B (nine teams) they will play 18 fixtures. The teams will also be able to make five substitutes and the amount of obligatory professional contracts has increased from four to six.
The competition will contain two phases: first a regular league and then a second with specific stages. In the second phase, the top four from each subgroup from the North and South groups will form a new promotion subgroup (eight teams), where they will contest the Group Champion title.
The rest of the teams will go into the relegation subgroup and will fight for their place in the Reto Iberdrola. The promotion and relegation subgroups will face those who did not compete in Phase One. To determine promotion or relegation, the Phase One league table will also be influenced by a coefficients points system.
Athletic Club Women in Euskal Herria Copa semi-final against SD Eibar
On Wednesday at 18:30 (CET) Athletic take on Eibar for a place in Sunday’s final, where they will face CA Osasuna or Real Sociedad.
Athletic Club Women work schedule until September 27
The lionesses go into the final week of pre-season and will play two friendlies
The Athletic Club Women youngsters looking to make the jump
These young lionesses will be looking to force their way into Ángel Villacampa’s plans this season
Victory in Athletic Club Women’s first friendly of 2020-21
Despite not playing since March, Athletic Club Women defeat Alaves 0-2
Primera Iberdrola fixture list released
The lionesses start the Primera Iberdrola against Deportivo Abanca on October 4 and finish against the same side on June 27
A long-awaited friendly for the lionesses
After seven months without a match, the lionesses take on Deportivo Alavés this evening at 18:30 (CET)
Live on Youtube: Athletic Club Women vs Deportivo Alavés
The lionesses’ first pre-season friendly will be aired live on Athletic Club’s official Youtube channel
Athletic Club Women’s work schedule until September 20
After many failed attempts, this week the lionesses will play Reto Iberdrola side Alavés in their first friendly of the pre-season
Moraza, five years of continuous progression
The defender from San Sebastian, who has improved significantly since her arrival at Lezama, is today celebrating her fifth anniversary as a lioness
Athletic Club Women’s work schedule until September 13
The lionesses, in a long and atypical pre-season, continue preparing for the start of the Primera Ibedrola 2020-21 season