Spanish league to play games in America

Lionel Messi could be set to play in America

Lionel Messi could be set to play in America

La Liga is to make history by staging its first games outside of Europe, with a 15-year partnership with entertainment group Relevent set to take games to the USA and Canada. Barcelona and Real Madrid faced each other in the tournament in Miami a year ago.

The Premier League has previously discussed plans to play a "39th game" outside England and Wales.

The league says it is still making arrangements for the game and there is no timetable for when it will happen, but it could be this season.

The deal, which is part of the pre-tournament groundswell push to up the interest in the 2026 World Cup (co-hosted by the US, Canada and Mexico), will see proper competitive La Liga fixtures being hosted in American and Canadian cities - and we're guessing it probably won't be Huesca vs Eibar.

Five years ago, the company founded the International Champions Cup, which is a series of a friendly matches played outside of Europe.

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La Liga wanted "to be the first European football league to export the sport into a market like the United States, which is obviously the largest sports media market in the world", Relevent CEO Danny Sillman told The.

Stephen Ross, chairman and owner of Relevent, explained: "This extraordinary joint venture is the next giant leap in growing soccer's popularity in North America". The venture, whose objective is to cultivate and promote football in the United States and Canada as part of LaLiga's expansion, will also serve as a platform leading up to the 2026 World Cup which will take place in North America.

"Joining with Relevent to create La Liga North America is a major milestone in our worldwide expansion strategy", said La Liga global Development Director Oscar Mayo who led the deal on behalf of La Liga.

The Spanish league called the agreement 'an inflection point for soccer in the United States and Canada, ' coming in anticipation of the 2026 World Cup that will be hosted in North America.

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