La Liga

Sport Soccer
Country Spain Spain
Founded 1929
Teams 20
Teams promoted / relegated 3
Website www.lfp.es

Commonly known as La Liga, the Primera Division of the Liga de Futbol Profesional, is the topmost professional football league in Spain. Contested by 20 teams, it’s considered by many as the best and most competitive as well as the most entertaining domestic football league in the world.

History

The idea of a national football league in Spain was proposed by Jose Maria Acha, a director at Arenas Club de Getxo, in April 1927. The first season was played in 1928-1929 which was won by Catalan giants FC Barcelona. La Liga has since grown in stature and popularity and is now one of the most watched domestic football league in the world.

Format

La Liga is comprised of 30 teams and follows the customary double round-robin format. The season usually lasts from September to June of the following year. Each club plays every other club twice, once at home and once away from home.

The team that gains the most points during the course of a season is considered the winner. If two teams are tied on points for the league title, then their head-to-head record is considered. The bottom three teams at the end of the season are relegated to the Spanish Segunda Division while three top teams from the second division are promoted to the first division.

The top four teams in La Liga qualify for the UEFA Champions League. The fifth and the sixth placed teams qualify for the first round of the Europa League.

Most Titles

Real Madrid 34 - FC Barcelona 26 - Atletico Madrid 11 - Athletic Bilbao 8

Standings table 2021/2022

Rank Team G W D L GF GA Pts
1 Real Madrid Real Madrid 33 24 6 3 69 29 78
2 FC Barcelona FC Barcelona 33 18 9 6 61 33 63
3 Sevilla FC Sevilla 33 17 12 4 49 27 63
4 Atletico Madrid Atlético 33 18 7 8 59 39 61
5 Real Betis Real Betis 33 17 6 10 56 38 57
6 Real Sociedad Sociedad 33 15 10 8 32 31 55
7 Villarreal CF Villarreal 33 14 10 9 53 31 52
8 Athletic Club Bilbao Bilbao 33 12 12 9 39 34 48
9 Osasuna Osasuna 33 12 8 13 34 44 44
10 Valencia CF Valencia 33 10 12 11 44 48 42
11 Rayo Vallecano Rayo Vallecano 33 11 7 15 34 38 40
12 Celta de Vigo Celta de Vigo 33 10 9 14 36 37 39
13 Espanyol Espanyol 33 10 9 14 37 45 39
14 Elche CF Elche 33 10 8 15 36 44 38
15 Getafe Getafe 33 8 11 14 31 37 35
16 Real Mallorca Real Mallorca 33 8 8 17 29 54 32
17 Cadiz CF Cadiz 33 6 13 14 29 46 31
18 Granada CF Granada 33 6 12 15 36 56 30
19 Levante Levante 33 5 10 18 41 65 25
20 Deportivo Alaves Deportivo Alaves 33 6 7 20 26 55 25
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