LaLiga preparing for return to action

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ATLETICO Madrid’s Thomas Partey and Toni Moya during training at Ciudad Deportiva Wanda Atletico de Madrid training ground, following the outbreak of COVID-19, Madrid, Spain, June 1. ( via Reuters)

MADRID — The return of LaLiga is imminent. Javier Tebas confirmed as much in an interview with the El Partidazo #VolverEsGanar show on Movistar, LaLiga’s broadcaster in Spain. The LaLiga President announced that there will be games on every day of the week, and also confirmed the kickoff times for the first and second match day back.

No end of excitement awaits fans in the coming days, with clashes such as Athletic Club vs. Atletico de Madrid and the Valencia derby, pitting Valencia CF against Levante UD, set to be played on the first match day back following the competition’s restart.

The LaLiga president also revealed a project to involve LaLiga fans in matches, which will be played behind closed doors for the time being. The Applause to Infinity initiative will see applause from fans from across the world played out in stadiums in the 20th minute of matches.

Among the news revealed by Tebas was the announcement of official kickoff times for the first and second match day back, and also confirmation that there will be three time slots for matches which can be adjusted based on weather conditions, in particular high temperatures.

From now until the end of the season, weekdays will feature regular match slots at 19:30 and 22:00 CET, while regular match times for weekend fixtures will be 17:00, 19:30 and 22:00 CET. The first of these slots will be reserved for games played in the north of Spain, where June and July temperatures are milder than the rest of the country. In addition, if the weather conditions are favorable, one more weekend match slot will be included at 13:00 CET. Over 40 LaLiga Santander and LaLiga SmartBank games are planned to be played each week.

Sevilla FC vs. Real Betis will be played on Thursday, June 11, at 22:00 CET to kick off Matchday 28 of LaLiga Santander, Elche CF versus Extremadura UD, CF Fuenlabrada against CD Tenerife and Málaga CF playing against SD Huesca will kick off Matchday 32 in LaLiga SmartBank on Friday, June 12, at 19:30 CET.

LaLiga Santander and LaLiga SmartBank will be back starting on June 11 on BeIN Sports in the Philippines.

In addition to kickoff times, the LaLiga president also unveiled the Applause to Infinity project, an initiative which will involve LaLiga fans from all over the world and pay tribute to the heroes who are fighting to overcome the current global health pandemic.

The restart of the league season will see all LaLiga teams forced to play behind closed doors due to the exceptional measures taken to deal with the pandemic. Applause to Infinity will, however, ensure that fans’ presence is felt during every LaLiga Santander and LaLiga SmartBank match, with their applause ringing out in stadiums in the 20th minute.

To this end, LaLiga has created where fans from all over the world can upload applause in support of their club as well as the heroes of the COVID-19 pandemic. A single track will then be created using sounds from across the globe and played in stadiums in the 20th minute of matches. The applause will help build a wall of sound in commemoration of the heroic efforts that have been made to overcome the crisis.