Fifteen players threaten to retire from Spain’s women’s national team after dispute with head coach Jorge Vilda

Spain’s women’s football players are embroiled in a spat with their country’s FA over Jorge Vilda remaining their head coach.

Fifteen pros are said to have made themselves unavailable for the international selection, while Vilda remains in post.


Members of the Spain women’s national team are believed to be dissatisfied with the way the team is run under Jorge Vilda.Credit: EPA

On Thursday The Spanish Royal Football Association confirmed they received emails from 15 members of the squad stating that they intended to “resign from the Spanish national team”.

However, the organization has resolutely stated that it refuses to admit players”to question the continuity” of Vilda and his backrooms.

The news comes weeks after reports in Spain that players are at odds with the coach.

And the guard reports The duo of Ona Batlle and Lucia Garcia of the Red Devils and Laia Aleixandri and Leila Ouahabi of Man City were among those who are said to have sent the emails.

But skipper Irene Paredes and midfield Alexia Putellas are reportedly not among the group.

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in a written pronunciation, The sport’s governing body said: “The Royal Spanish Football Federation has received 15 emails from 15 players of the women’s senior football team, all coincidentally using the same wording.

“They state that the current situation affects their “emotional state” and their “health” “significantly” and that, “as long as it is not reversed”, they resignation from the Spanish national team.

The RFEF does not allow players to question the continuity of the national coach and his coaching staffsince making those decisions is not within their competence.

“The Federation will not tolerate any form of pressure from a player when taking sporting measures.

“Far from exemplary, these kinds of maneuvers are outside the values ​​of football and sport and are harmful.

“In accordance with current Spanish law, failure to attend a national team call-up is classified as a very serious offense and may carry penalties of two to five years’ disqualification.”


Vilda, who started his managerial career as an assistant to the Spanish under-19s, has been in charge of the seniors since 2015.

In July, the team reached the quarter-finals of this year’s European Championship, where they were defeated by England and the Lionesses later won the tournament.

According to ESPNplayers are believed to be dissatisfied with team selection, training sessions and how injuries are handled.

Spain reached the last eight of this year's Euros


Spain reached the last eight of this year’s EurosCredit: AP


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