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Spanish league trying again to take soccer game to Miami


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Spanish league trying again to take soccer game to Miami

The Spanish league is trying again to take a daily season game to Miami regardless of abandoning plans final season after dealing with opposition from different soccer our bodies.

The Spanish soccer federation has been requested to enable Villarreal’s house game in opposition to Atletico Madrid on Dec. 6 to be moved to Hard Rock Stadium in Miami.

The league runs the highest tier of Spanish soccer, identified in Spain as La Liga. The Spanish soccer federation (RFEF) controls laws and fixtures for skilled and novice video games.

The league mentioned it had consulted extra broadly than final season when the deliberate Barcelona-Girona game for January in Miami was deserted. The federation wouldn’t grant approval and Spain’s gamers’ affiliation protested the plans as a result of it had not been consulted.

“The players and coaches of both teams have been informed and have shown their enthusiasm for being able to play in front of fans in the United States,” the league mentioned in a press release on Thursday. “The Association of Spanish Footballers has also been informed of the request.”



But the obstacles could possibly be additional afield.

The FIFA council just lately opposed the concept final yr, though its permission for the match was not obligatory. But approval could possibly be rejected from the regional confederations impacted – UEFA in Europe and CONCACAF in North America.

“This match will be another boost to the internationalization strategy of LaLiga, which is providing great results for all our member clubs,” league president Javier Tebas mentioned. “We hope that this time we can carry out this positive action for everyone, as other leagues like the NFL or the NBA do when they stage matches overseas.”

Villarreal season ticket-holders can be compensated for shedding out on a house game. They may obtain a 40% low cost on their subsequent season ticket buy, free entry and journey for up to 3,000 followers to the away game at Atletico’s Wanda Metropolitano or a paid-for journey to Miami for up to 600 individuals, the league mentioned.

Atletico is at present third within the league – behind Barcelona and chief Real Madrid – with Villarreal midtable.

Villarreal’s president, Fernando Roig, mentioned exporting a league game advantages the entire of Spanish soccer.

“The United States is a very important country, where Villarreal already has official academies and carries out different activities for the development of football,” Roig mentioned in a press release.

The game would kick off at four p.m. native time, which is 10 p.m. in Spain.

“Atlético de Madrid works every season to expand and improve our brand across all continents and this match in the United States will allow us to keep working on this,” Atletico CEO Miguel Ángel Gil mentioned. “Furthermore, we will be able to bring Spanish football closer to fans who live outside of our country.”

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