La Liga Standings

 

Understanding La Liga Standings

In the La Liga,  20 teams compete from August to May in a double round-robin format. In the Spanish La Liga standings, losses are not rewarded, one point is awarded for draws, and the full three points are given for a win. At the end of 90-minutes and stoppage time, every league result is final and reflected in the standings.

The La Liga winner each season is the team who finishes the 38-game schedule with the most points in the table . Head-to-head goal difference is the tiebreaker between two teams in the table. A tie between three or more teams is broken by head-to-head points. Promotion and relegation operate similar to the English Premier League.

La Liga relegates the bottom three teams to La Liga 2 each season. In the La Liga 2 standings, first and second are automatically promoted to La Liga. The last team who goes up from La Liga 2 is the winner of the promotion playoff. The promotion playoff is contested in two rounds and features the teams who finish third to sixth in the second tier. 

The end of the season often rewards tanking in American sports, but that’s not the case in La Liga. Spanish La Liga standings and scores are important for most every team as the top six teams can qualify for European competition and teams near the bottom fight to stay out of the bottom three.  

La Liga’s top-four teams earn a place in the Champions League, the first-tier UEFA club competition. A Europa League place is given to fifth-place and the sixth-place team gains entry into the relatively new UEFA Conference League. If the team who wins the domestic cup, the Copa del Rey, finishes outside of the top-five, they are also awarded a place in the Europa League. 

Point spreads will take multiple factors into account but one of them is each team’s place in the standings and recent scores. 

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