Barcelona wins the female title when Spanish non-professional leagues declared

BARCELONA: the Barcelona women's team was officially declared champion of Spain 's League Iberdrola on Friday after the national soccer federation 's executive committee agreed to end all non-professional competitions due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The federation said in a statement that the committee had ratified all decisions made by the organization on Wednesday, which also meant there would be no relegation from the women 's top flight or the second and third tiers of the men' s game.

The statement added that there would still be promotion to the men 's second tier and the top flight women' s league via playoff matches which will be played without spectators.

Barca maintained a nine-point lead over second place Atletico Madrid when competition stopped in March as a result of the pandemic, with nine games remaining in the campaign.

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Atletico will join Barca in next season 's Champions League while Valencia and Espanyol, who occupied the two relegation spots when the season stopped, will be saved from being demoted.

Two teams will move up from the second tier, which means the top flight will have 18 teams instead of the current 16 next year.

While the non-professional competitions have come to an end, Spain 's top two divisions are expected to resume in June, with a number of clubs returning to individual training on Friday for the first time in two months.