Spain women’s World Cup 2023 confirmed squad: Reasons for player boycott


Spain will be aiming to win their first ever World Cup when they face off against England in the final.

La Roja were defeated 4-0 by Japan in the group stages, but then defeated Switzerland, Netherlands and Sweden to qualify for the final.

However, the last 12 months have been dominated by a public breakdown in relations between the squad and Spanish FA (RFEF) amid rumours of frustration over the retention of Jorge Vilda.

After bowing out of Euro 2022 at the quarterfinal stage, key players from within Vilda’s squad wanted changes in the camp, as part of their preparations for the trip Down Under.

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Why are Spain players boycotting 2023 Women’s World Cup?

The players involved in the boycott have set out their stance over the situation as focused on a demand for changes and improvements in the RFEF’s relationship with the women’s national team.

Amongst the list of frustrations of the player is legitimate demands of improvements in training methods, game preparation and coaching decisions, on the back of their Euro 2022 exit.

Vilda has found himself in the firing line, despite the rebelling players insisting they have not called for his departure, but insisted the need for an open dialogue would require a rigorous assessment of his performance.

Despite finding themselves as the mediators of the dispute, the RFEF have doubled down in their support of Vilda and his coaching team, in what has become a turning point in Spanish football.

Anger at years of under investment and federation mismanagement have created a stand off with star names irritated at the RFEF’s failure to utilise a World Cup qualification as a chance to back the progress made by Spain’s international players.

Will the boycott remain for the World Cup?

As part of the joint original statement, 15 players outlined their stance to step aside from Spain duty, unless the RFEF agreed to talks over the situation.

The group included several key names, including the support of 2023 Ballon d’Or winner Alexia Putellas and captain Irene Parades, in a show of strength.

Again RFEF opted for a contrived response, stating they would not allow players to ‘question the continuity of the national coach’, with threats of permanent expulsion from the national team to those involved.

Despite the situation remaining tense, certain players involved in the stand off, including Putellas and Paredes, and their Barcelona teammate Aitana Bonmati, have accepted a World Cup call up.

However, other players have not returned to the fold, including Manchester City star Leila Ouahabi and midfielder Patricia Guijarro, leaving key holes in Vilda’s team.

Spain’s 2023 Women’s Cup squad

Vilda has confirmed his 23-player squad on June 30 for the 2023 FIFA World Cup.

Position Player Int. Caps Club
GK Maria Rodriguez 12 Real Madrid
GK Enith Salon 2 Valencia
GK Cata Coll 0 Barcelona
DEF Irene Paredes 90 Barcelona
DEF Ivana Andres 46 Real Madrid
DEF Ona Batlle 28 Man United
DEF Olga Carmona 22 Real Madrid
DEF Rocio Galvez 8 Real Madrid
DEF Oihane Hernandez 7 Athletic Bilbao
DEF Laia Codina 3 Barcelona
MID Alexia Putellas 100 Barcelona
MID Aitana Bonmati 46 Barcelona
MID Irene Guerrero 22 Atletico Madrid
MID Teresa Abelleira 14 Real Madrid
MID Claudia Zornoza 10 Real Madrid
MID Maria Perez 2 Barcelona
FWD Jenni Hermoso 87 Pachuca
FWD Mariona Caldentey 54 Barcelona
FWD Esther Gonzalez 35 Real Madrid
FWD Alba Redondo 26 Levante
FWD Athenea del Castillo 25 Real Madrid
FWD Eva Navarro 8 Atletico Madrid
FWD Salma Paralluelo 6 Barcelona

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