Parliament awards Gold Medal of Honor to Barça women's team

Catalan club won their second league and Champions League double last season

Barça Femení players show off the Champions League trophy in front of fans in June 2023
Barça Femení players show off the Champions League trophy in front of fans in June 2023 / Gerard Escaich Folch
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July 25, 2023 12:35 PM

July 25, 2023 12:55 PM

The Catalan parliament has awarded its Medal of Honor in the Gold category to the FC Barcelona Femení football team on the back of winning their second Champions League title in 2022/23. 

Last season also saw the blaugrana pick up their record 8th league title, which was also their 4th in a row. 

Parliament speaker Anna Erra explained that with the awarding of the medal, the chamber wants to highlight "the work done by a group of athletes and a club for their contribution to the growth, recognition and professionalization of women's football."

The Catalan parliament wants to pay its appreciation to the club and the team for their role in "promoting the female side of this sport, to give it visibility, to help it grow and strengthen it."

Erra also emphasized the importance of the players giving references for children and young people, adding that they have helped "in building a fairer and more equal society." 

The Barça women's team "has helped trigger a series of changes in the working conditions of the players, hardly imaginable not so long ago," the parliament speaker added.

The Gold Medal also wants to recognize the values of teamwork, respect, effort, perseverance, rigor, spirit of overcoming, responsibility, and camaraderie. 

The president emphasized that the Gold Medal is also a "global thank you" to the hundreds of clubs, families, and people who started working decades ago to create women's football teams.

The parliament has awarded the Medal of Honor annually since 2000 to distinguish people or institutions for their achievements and accomplishments.

To learn more about the historical achievements of Barça Femení and the fight for better conditions and professionalization in women's football as a whole in Spain, check out the episode of our podcast, Filling the Sink, from June 2021, shortly after Barça won their first Champions League title.