The first season of LaLiga was held in 2003, but since then the sport has undergone a series of transformations, including a move to a centralized system for the sale of audiovisual rights and financial controls. This year, LaLiga has attracted 10 million fans in India alone, accounting for 10% of the league’s global audience. This year, 50,000 fans of LaLiga football attended public games in India. In addition, over 10,000 youngsters from underprivileged backgrounds have been trained to play football in LaLiga’s schools.
A number of reasons have been put forward for the increased expenditures on LaLiga. For starters, the Spanish FA wants to ensure that the club is not unable to afford the expensive players they need to maintain their clubs’ success. Real Madrid and Barcelona have already gone under the spotlight, while clubs in other European leagues like the English Premier League and German Bundesliga are in debt. A number of these factors are related to the financial constraints faced by LaLiga.
The latest technological advancements have also increased the quality of the audiovisual product. The new pitch-side camera is an example. Its ultra-realism provides a more authentic viewing experience than ever before. The camera, which is operated within the stadium, is connected to the live broadcast through a wireless link. The innovative camera has a higher frame rate than ever before, and LaLiga is committed to incorporating new audiovisual technologies.
The organisation has also launched LaLiga Grassroots, an initiative bringing together its experience and know-how from its Sporting Projects department. This project is pioneering among major European leagues. In addition to a worldwide network of academies, the initiative has also partnered with Dream11 to promote women’s football in rural areas. The organisation has also appointed former India captain Rohit Sharma as its brand ambassador.
The league season lasts from August to May. Each club plays each other twice and earns three points for each win. One point is awarded for a draw, while zero points are given for a loss. In total, teams accumulate points and the highest club is crowned champion. There are tie-breaks, but this will depend on head-to-head goal difference. It is also possible to find out the winner of the league by a game between Real Madrid and Barcelona.
The strength of LaLiga can be measured by the economic health of Spanish clubs. Clubs have managed to strike a balance between revenue and spending, and aren’t in debt. This means they can invest in improving playing talent and developing their own teams. Unlike in other countries, there are no rules restricting players from any nationality from taking part in LaLiga. You can watch LaLiga matches online or stream them live.
LaLiga also conducts social projects in partnership with local NGOs. The Za’atari social project, for example, seeks to improve the lives of refugee children. A total of ten thousand young people were trained to play football in 2017 and 2018.