LALIGA

LaLiga: Football matches every day of the week in Spain - teams can only play once every 72 hours

LaLiga and the RFEF reached an agreement on how the season will be concluded. Two matchdays will be played per week with some games kicking off at 11pm.

LaLiga: Football matches every day of the week in Spain - teams can only play once every 72 hours
Ballesteros EFE

The Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) and LaLiga have put their differences aside and reached an agreement on how the domestic season can be completed. Luis Rubiales and Javier Tebas have applied Article 5 of the Code of Good Conduct which both signed with Sports Council president Irene Lozano as witness and have resolved the fixtures list and how kick-off times will be organised for the remainder of the season. Football in Spain will return in June with matches played on every day of the week - including Mondays with a limit that no team can play twice in the space of 72 hours. How matches are staggered and kick-off times for each matchday have yet to be finalised but in the hot summer months, games played in cooler parts of the country such as the north will kick off at 20:00 hours while those played in the hotter parts will start later, at 23:00 hours.

Monday night football to return in LaLiga

The agreement will be played public once it is ratified by Judge Andrés Sánchez Magro because it was in the law courts that LaLiga and the RFEF resolved the problem of match fixtures in August last year. Sánchez Magro authorised league matches to be played on Fridays but not on Mondays. That decision will now be temporarily reversed so that this season can be completed on time.

Luis Rubiales, who had originally been against Monday night fixtures because he felt it penalised fans, has changed his mind in this instance as matches will be played behind closed doors.

For LaLiga, staging football matches every day of the week means that a team who plays on a Monday night will have to play again on a Thursday. Playing two matchdays per week will allow LaLiga to be concluded by 29 July, the limit set by UEFA for all European leagues to be completed as an express version of this year's Champions League will restart on 2 August with the final taking place in Istanbul on 29 August, as long as the remainder of the calendar can be completed in full pending on what happens in the meantime with the coronavirus pandemic.