Barcelona will host Actual Sociedad on the opening weekend of the 2021-22 La Liga season whereas Actual Madrid go to Alaves with the primary Clasico of the marketing campaign on the weekend of Oct. 24, the Spanish soccer federation (RFEF) introduced.
Actual Madrid will play their first three matches away from dwelling because of ongoing building work at their Santiago Bernabeu stadium, with their first dwelling fixture coming in opposition to Celta the weekend of Sept. 12.
Barca will host Actual Madrid at Camp Nou on matchday 10 on the weekend of Oct. 24 earlier than the return fixture on the Bernabeu on matchday 29, on the weekend of March 20.
The 2021-22 La Liga season would be the first to be broadcast on ESPN+ in america after ESPN agreed a brand new eight-year deal for English-and Spanish-language rights, starting in August 2021. Each La Liga match will likely be stay on ESPN+ in addition to some second division matches.
The calendar was revealed on Wednesday on the RFEF’s headquarters in Madrid, with the fixture listing being picked at random from a set of predetermined choices.
The 2021-22 season will start on the weekend of Aug. 15, 2021 and conclude the weekend of Might 22, 2022. whereas the times and occasions of matches — with video games happening between Friday and Monday every weekend — will likely be chosen by La Liga at a later date.
The Spanish authorities introduced final week that it was lifting restrictions on followers attending matches within the first and second divisions, in any case of final season was performed behind closed doorways, though attendances will nonetheless be restricted by regional well being restrictions.
La Liga president Javier Tebas has mentioned he expects stadiums to be no less than 70% full for the beginning of the season, with 100% capability probably by November.
Actual Madrid, with coach Carlo Ancelotti again for his second spell in cost after the resignation of Zinedine Zidane, will journey to Alaves, Levante and Actual Betis of their opening three matches of the marketing campaign.
Sources instructed ESPN final month that the membership most well-liked to begin the season with three consecutive away video games to present time for the Bernabeu to be readied to host followers, reasonably than contemplating options equivalent to the usage of Atletico’s Wanda Metropolitano.
Actual Madrid and Barca had been pipped to the La Liga title by Atletico in 2020-21 in a tense climax which noticed the race go all the best way to the final day of the season.
Atletico completed on 86 factors, two factors forward of native rivals Actual Madrid and 7 factors forward of Barca, after a dramatic 2-1 last day comeback away at Actual Valladolid.