La Liga Plans to Stage Official Matches in the U.S. By the 2025-26 Season

Javier Tebas, President of La Liga at the
Javier Tebas, President of La Liga at the "AS Sports Awards 2021" in December 2021. Photo by Irina R Hipolito/Shutterstock (12644784g)

Soccer fans in the United States soon might not have to travel to Spain in order to see La Liga matches in person. According to La Liga president Javier Tebas, the league plans to stage official matches in the U.S. by the 2025-26 season.

Back in 2018, La Liga and Relevent Sports Group, founded by Miami Dolphins owner Stephen Ross, revealed plans to organize a match between Girona and Barcelona at Miami’s Hard Rock Stadium. The announcement was met with opposition from the Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) and FIFA, causing the plans to be scrapped.

Relevent responded with an antitrust lawsuit against FIFA, U.S. Soccer Federation, and RFEF. The lawsuit was recently partially settled, resulting in FIFA being removed as one of the defendants. The company and La Liga believe this strengthens their position and that La Liga official matches being played in the U.S. are just a matter of time.

“I think it could be in the 2025-26 season, but La Liga will play official matches abroad,” Tebas told Spanish media outlet Expansion. “An official match in the U.S. will strengthen our position in the North American market, which is the second market for La Liga after Spain.”

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