Spanish PFA criticises decision to play LaLiga games in the United States

Spanish PFA criticises decision to play LaLiga games in the United States

"In reference to the agreement made between La Liga and the company Relevent, which includes that an official league match will be played in the United States, the AFE strongly objects", the statement from AFE reads.

Meanwhile, the Spanish players' union, the AFE, declared "the most energetic protest" at the announcement.

The matches are an effort by the league to challenge the global popularity of rival tournaments such as the English Premier League, which has gained a strong following in the US. Barcelona and Real Madrid faced each other in the tournament in Miami a year ago.

Two of Spain's biggest clubs Barcelona and Real Madrid played against each other in the tournament in Miami past year.

Meanwhile, La Liga president Javier Tebas added: "We're devoted to growing the passion for soccer around the world".

The Spanish league have been hoping to grow and keep pace with the powerful Premier League and have been trying to expand internationally for some time.

'This unique relationship will create new opportunities for millions of North American soccer fans to experience the most passionate, exciting, and highest level of soccer in the world'. "This agreement ensures not only a bright future for soccer in North America, but also for La Liga and our clubs".

"Combining La Liga's long tradition of excellence and unparalleled worldwide reputation with Relevent's expertise in this market will accelerate the growth and popularity of soccer in North America and La Liga's global brand".

The Premier League flirted with the idea of a 39th game played outside of England last decade, but the negative reaction from fans and players saw the idea quickly quashed. The Premier League has earned approximately $1 billion from NBC over a six-season period.

'Other than the clear football inequities posed by playing a league match overseas there are serious problems that match going supporters would face over and above the inherent travel and cost issues they already have to deal with.

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