When does La Liga start? Dates, format, TV and streaming for the new football season in Spain


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It is the beginning of a new era for one of the best football leagues in Europe. La Liga in Spain begins its first season without Lionel Messi since 2003. But the superstar’s departure and the wage budget challenges facing giants Barcelona and Real Madrid have probably set one of the most memorable La Liga seasons in recent history.

In the 17 seasons in which Messi (Barcelona) and later Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid) played in La Liga, their teams have won 15 titles. The other two went to Atletico Madrid, including last year’s championship when Atletico took advantage of the stumble of longtime favorites to finish at the top of the league table.

Atletico Madrid, Barcelona and Real Madrid will once again be favorites in the 2021-2022 season, but the next level of clubs will dream of taking advantage of the air spreading over La Liga and hopefully do enough to challenge for the title. The race to avoid relegation (the three lower teams go to the second league) and to qualify for European tournaments should prove just as intriguing as the battle at the top.

SEE: Every La Liga match in English and Spanish on ESPN +

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When does the La Liga season start?

The 2021-2022 La Liga season begins with the start of the first round of matches Friday, August 13th. That weekend all 20 teams will be in action between Friday and Monday.

It is the first of 38 days of the match to be played in the next nine months, and the 38th and final match falls On Sunday, May 22, 2022.

The first game on Friday, August 13, will feature the six-time La Liga winners Valencia CF hosting plucky Getafe. New Valencia manager Jose Bordalas will fight the team he has led for the last five seasons, leading Getafe to promotion from the second division and then finishing in the top 10 of La Liga in three of the past four seasons.

Atletico Madrid will not have an easy start in defending the title, traveling to meet last year’s eighth-placed team, Celtic vigo. Barcelona he should also have his hands full with the fifth-place finisher Real society. In the meantime, Real Madrid set out to face a team that has been causing him problems in the past: Deportivo Alaves achieved a shocking 2-1 away win against Real Madrid last year.

Friday, August 13th

Matching Weather (ET) Stream TV channels
Valencia CF v Getafe 3 p.m. ESPN +

Saturday, August 14th

Matching Weather (ET) Stream TV channels
CA Health Vs. RCD Espanyol 11 o’clock ESPN +
Cadiz vs. Levante UD 13:30 in the afternoon ESPN +
RCD Mallorca vs. Real Betis 13:30 in the afternoon ESPN +
Deportivo Alaves Real Madrid 4 p.m. ESPN +

On Sunday, August 15th

Matching Weather (ET) Stream TV channels
Celta Vigo Atletico Madrid 11:30 in the morning ESPN +
Barcelona vs. Barcelona Real society 2 p.m. ESPN + ABC, ESPN Sports
Sevilla vs. Vallecano Ray 4:15 p.m. ESPN +

Monday, August 16th

Matching Weather (ET) Stream TV channels
Villarreal grenade 2 p.m. ESPN +
Elche vs. Athletic Bilbao 4 p.m. ESPN +

How to watch La Liga in the USA

All 380 games of the 2021-2022 La Liga season will be broadcast in English and Spanish on ESPN +, beginning the first of eight years of exclusive coverage in the United States. Selected matches will also be broadcast on ABC, ESPN and ESPN Deportes.

  • Dates: August 13, 2021 – May 22, 2022
  • Matches: A total of 380 La Liga matches in 2021-2022
  • Transmission: ESPN + (all matches in English and Spanish)
  • TV channels: ABC, ESPN (select matches)
  • TV in Spanish: ESPN Deportes (select matches)

La Liga competition format

Each team plays with the other 19 clubs in La Liga at home and away, making 38 games. Teams are looking for three points to win, one for a draw and none for defeat.

The La Liga table is based on the total number of points accumulated in the season of 38 games. Depending on where the club ends up in the standings, that team can either win the title, earn a place in one of the three elite European club tournaments, or perhaps suffer relegation in the case of the three lowest teams.

The table is over
1st place La Liga title + UEFA Champions League place
2.-4. Place UEFA Champions League
5-6 place Mooring for the Europa League *
7th place European Conference League Venue *
8-17 place Participation in La Liga 2022-2023
18.-20. Place Relegation to second league

* = waiting for the final number of beds allocated by the European governing body, UEFA

If teams are tied by points on the ladder, there are two sets of switches used depending on the number of clubs that are at a standstill:

Offenses on the La Liga table involving two clubs:

1. Top goal difference in league matches between both teams
2. Top goal difference in all league matches
3. Most goals scored in all league games
4. Fair play point total according to the disciplinary order
5. The match is played on neutral ground (if necessary)

Offenses on the La Liga table involving three or more clubs:

1. Superior points in all matches between clubs that are tied
2. Top goal difference in all matches between clubs that are tied
3. Top goal difference in all league matches
4. Most goals scored in all league games
5. Total number of fair play points according to the disciplinary order

Which teams won La Liga?

90 seasons of La Liga have been played since the first 1929. The perennial powers of Real Madrid (34) and Barcelona (26) have taken an incredible 60 titles among them.

Only seven clubs have ever laid a hand on the league trophy. Atletico Madrid, the defender of the La Liga title, has 11 league championships on his behalf. Athletic Bilbao (8), Valencia (6) and Real Sociedad (2) are the only other teams with multiple titles.

Tim La Liga titles
Real Madrid 34
Barcelona 26
Atletico Madrid 11
Athletic Bilbao 8
Valencia 6
Real society 2
Deportivo La Coruna 1
Real Betis 1
Seville 1

Which team will win La Liga 2021-2022?

American sports books and history say it will be so Real Madrid,, Atletico Madrid or Barcelona. No surprise, but the order of favorites raises an eyebrow: the defending champions, Atletico Madrid, are in no doubt despite the strengthening of the list out of season. Seville,, Real society i Villarreal the following are in line with distant hopes that they will be potentially challenging.

Chances are everywhere when it comes to the other 14 clubs, but does it really matter? None of them are considered a factor in the title race based on these futures.

Tim DraftKings FanDuel BetMGM
Real Madrid +110 +125 +100
Barcelona +200 +200 +200
Atletico Madrid +275 +280 +275
Seville +1600 +2300 +1400
Real society +5000 +5000 +5000
Villarreal +6500 +10000 +5000
Real Betis +10000 +10000 +10000
Athletic Bilbao +15000 +10000 +20000
Celtic vigo +25000 +10000 +25000
Getafe +40000 +10000 +50000
Valencia +50000 +10000 +50000
Granada +50000 +10000 +50000
Spanish +50000 +10000 +50000
Osasuna +10000 +25000 +100000
Levante +50000 +10000 +200000
Deportivo Alaves +80000 +10000 +100000
Mallorca +80000 +10000 +100000
Cadiz +100000 +10000 +200000
Elche +100000 +10000 +200000
Vallecano Ray +100000 +10000 N / A


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