Football authorities in Spain are considering plans to stage La Liga matches overseas, with the proposal set to be discussed by the league’s 20 clubs.
The La Liga president, Javier Tebas, has confirmed that discussions are ongoing as the Spanish top division seeks greater financial revenues from international audiences, including broadcasting and sponsorship deals.
“La Liga is global entertainment and we want to grow [the league’s] international appeal,” Tebas told the Financial Times. “As part of that effort we are discussing the option of playing some of the league matches outside of Spain.”
Regular season La Liga matches could potentially be held abroad, most likely in the USA or China, as soon as next year.
Relevent Sports, a US-based promoter who founded the International Champions Cup (ICC) pre-season competition four years ago, is thought to have pitched the idea of overseas league games to several football leagues.