After a meeting of the club’s socios, the club will have a women’s football team for the first-time next season.
Earlier this year, the Spanish club approved the acquisition of Madrid-based women’s club CD Tacon for a reported €500,000 ($550,000) and now it has been approved at the general assembly of socios by an overwhelming majority — with 90.6 percent voting in favor.
It earned promotion to the La Liga Iberdrola — the top tier of Spanish women’s football — on May 19 for the first time after beating Santa Teresa in a playoff.
Tacon (which means ‘heel’ in Spanish) will operate under their original name for the coming season but will be renamed to Real Madrid Femenino when the two officially merge on July 1, 2020.
The club — which was only formed in 2013 — will train and play its matches at the training ground of the 13-time UEFA Champions League winners.
And like their male counterparts, Real Madrid was not slow in making signings.
Swedish international Kosovare Asllani became their first signing after leaving Linkopings in the summer and scoring three goals at the World Cup for Sweden, including in their third-place victory over England.
Going with the tide
Women’s football is enjoying an explosion of popularity, with the World Cup earlier this year just the latest success.
But even before that, women’s football was extremely popular in Spain.
At a game between city rivals Atletico Madrid and rivals Barcelona in March, 60,739 people watched the game in the Wanda Metrepolitano Stadium, breaking the attendance record for women’s club football.
Real Madrid has long been criticized for not having a women’s team while their Spanish rivals compete for titles.
Atletico has won the last two Liga Iberdrola titles, while Barcelona reached the final of this season’s Champions League.
Real Sociedad, Athletic Club, Espanyol, Valencia, Sevilla, Real Betis and Levante also have teams in the Spanish top flight.