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Real Madrid and Barcelona confirm La Liga games abroad from 2025

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La Liga president Javier Tebas has confirmed plans for league games to be played overseas, starting with fixtures in the United States in 2025/26.

La Liga has been working on playing league matches on foreign shores for several years, particularly in the US where Hispanic communities have made the country the league’s biggest market outside of Spain. An attempt to stage a game between Barcelona and Girona in Miami in 2018 was blocked by FIFA and the US Soccer Federation.

However, the organisation working with La Liga to stage the game, Relevant – an events promoter created by Miami Dolphins owner Stephen Ross – launched an anti-trust lawsuit against the governing bodies. An out-of-court agreement was reached with FIFA earlier this month on the understanding the organisation would change its rules, opening the door for leagues to stage competitive games internationally. Litigation with US Soccer is ongoing.

Tebas hopes Real Madrid and Barcelona – who are both touring the US for pre-season this summer, including a rare El Classico friendly – will be in competitive action in America within the next two years.

“I think it could be in the 2025-26 season, but La Liga will play official matches abroad,” Tebas told 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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