The start of the Spanish league season will be delayed because Spanish league officials and player representatives failed on a last-minute deal.

The Association of Spanish Football Players says the strike will go ahead after meetings with LFP counterparts stumbled Friday.

Spanish players representing all 42 teams in the top two divisions backed the first work stoppage in 27 years after failing to sign a new collective bargaining agreement with improved salary guarantees.

The Spanish league- home to the world's top players in Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo- may only start in September after the AFE pledged to boycott the first two rounds due to the labor conflict.

The season had been scheduled to start this weekend.