Leagues

La Liga planning to organize matches abroad

The La Liga president is looking to expand the league’s global reach and plans to organize matches outside of Spain in the future.

Javier Tebas took part in the Soccerex Convention in Manchester and discussed the plans for development of the Spanish League: “La Liga is global entertainment and we want to grow the international appeal of La Liga.”

“As part of that effort we are discussing the option of playing some of the league matches outside of Spain. These discussions are still in early stages, but as La Liga, we support the idea”, Tebas was quoted by the Financial Times. 

This summer, Real Madrid and Barcelona played a pre-season match in Miami. It was the first time the two teams met outside Spain since 1982. The match attracted a crowd of 66.000 people in the stands of Hard Rock Stadium.

The match was part of the International Champions Cup, which is organized by Relevent Sports, whose chairman said that their next step is to move from organizing friendly games to organizing competitive matches from different leagues in different parts of the world.

According to Deloitte, La Liga is currently third in Europe’s top leagues in terms of the generated revenue, only behind Premier League and Bundesliga. Last year, the Spanish League signed a domestic television rights deal worth €2,65bn. Although the amount represents a major improvement compared to the previous deals, they are still a long way behind Premier League, who sold their domestic tv rights for double the amount.