La Liga announces fixtures as season restart looms large

Tanya Simon
June 1, 2020

La Liga will be the second of Europe's top five leagues to resume after the coronavirus pandemic delay.

The announcement comes after Spain's government authorised the return of competitive sport in the country beginning June 8.

The season kick backs into action with a local derby between Sevilla and Real Betis on June 11 and there will be fixtures for the following seven days, with Barca hosting Leganes on June 16 and Real playing at home to Valencia on June 18.

"We're hoping that Madrid and Barcelona pass into Phase Two [of the lockdown de-escalation plan], which is where we can play".

Like other European leagues that have resumed, matches will be behind closed doors and a strict safety protocol prepare by La Liga followed. However, authorities have not formally ruled out the possibility of some fans attending early next season, subject to the evolution of the pandemic.

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La Liga further announced that there will be matches every day over a month as they chase a league conclusion by July 19.

Games will be played on Monday nights after a row between La Liga and the Spanish football federation was temporarily resolved this week.

"We have designed the schedule to give each team at least 72 hours of rest between matches..."

The next La Liga season will begin on September 12 if the organizers' bid to complete the current campaign after a three-month pause due to the COVID-19 pandemic goes to plan, president Javier Tebas has said.

Clubs in the top two leagues in Spain, LaLiga Santander and LaLiga Smartbank, can hold full training sessions from Monday. Until now, players had been limited to individual training before progressing to small groups.

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