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Javier Tebas, the president of LaLiga, has reiterated that some league matches will take place overseas starting from the 2025-26 season.

The 61-year-old has previously expressed his interest in hosting a league match in America and had attempted to arrange for two LaLiga teams, Barcelona and Girona, to play there back in 2018. However, this encountered a setback when FIFA raised objections, with its council determining that 'official league matches must take place within the territory of the respective member association'.

Though, following a recent agreement between New York City-based event organiser Relevent Sports and FIFA earlier this month, the possibility of hosting matches abroad has emerged. Discussing the concept, Tebas told the Spanish newspaper Expansion: "I believe it could happen in the 2025-26 season, but LaLiga intends to hold official matches overseas.

"An official match in the US will strengthen our position in the North American market, which is the second market for LaLiga after Spain. Other very competitive leagues are coming so we cannot always do the same thing, but we cannot allow them to overtake us."

As per The Athletic, Relevent, founded by Miami Dolphins owner Stephen Ross, recently criticised FIFA's directive, which mandates that domestic games must be played within their respective home territories, citing it as obstructing fair competition. FIFA and Relevent reached a settlement in their case earlier this month without prejudice.

Tebas has revealed LaLiga games could be played abroad in the 2025-26 season. GETTY IMAGES
Tebas has revealed LaLiga games could be played abroad in the 2025-26 season. GETTY IMAGES

Following this, FIFA became a co-defendant alongside US Soccer, with the national association already facing accusations of attempting to impede the expansion of Relevent Sports' business as a promoter. There has been a trend towards hosting domestic match-ups abroad, as evidenced by the Spanish and Italian Football Associations organising their Super Cups in Saudi Arabia in recent years.

It's reasonable that LaLiga is eager to make a move before the Premier League does the same, and it's not unexpected that Spanish football is emulating American sports such as basketball and the NFL in its efforts to promote and benefit financially. Likewise, fans overseas will have the opportunity to witness their teams in person.

However, this represents another move towards alienating local supporters, who have traditionally been integral to football clubs. These clubs no longer have the same connection to their local communities, and relocating a game away from them, likely at a high cost to attend, further diminishes their involvement in the sport. Additionally, there's a genuine risk that many supporters who wish to see their teams in action will be unable to afford tickets due to financial motivations.

Tebas also stated that LaLiga currently has no intention of implementing goal-line technology, despite a controversial "ghost goal" incident involving Barcelona's Lamine Yamal during Real Madrid's 3-2 win in Sunday night's El Clasico.