Liga de Fútbol Profesional
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|Liga de Fútbol Profesional|
|Formation||July 27, 1984|
|Membership||42 football clubs|
|Secretary-General||Carlos del Campo Colás|
|Main organ||General Assembly|
|Affiliations||European Professional Football Leagues|
The Liga Nacional de Fútbol Profesional[a] (National Professional Football League), more commonly known as the Liga de Fútbol Profesional (LFP) is a national sports association responsible for administering the two professional football leagues in Spain - the Primera and Segunda División. The organisation was founded in 1984.
The 42 member clubs of the LFP are grouped into two divisions: the Liga BBVA (20 clubs) and Liga Adelante (22 clubs). In any given season a club plays each of the others in the same division twice, once at their home stadium and once at that of their opponents. This makes for a total of 38 games played each season in Liga BBVA and 42 in Liga Adelante.
Clubs gain three points for a win, one for a draw, and none for a defeat. At the end of each season, the club with the most points in the Liga BBVA is crowned champion. If points are equal, the head-to-head records determine the winner. If still equal, the goal difference and then goals scored become the deciding factors. As for Liga Adelante, at the top end three clubs win promotion to Liga BBVA, with the bottom three Liga BBVA clubs taking their places. At the lower end, four club are relegated to the Segunda División B, while four teams from the 2ªB join the Liga Adelante in their stead.
The General Assembly is the deliberative assembly of the LFP. It is composed of the 42 football clubs and public limited sports companies (Sociedad Anónima Deportiva, S.A.D.) that make up the Primera and Segunda División. Each club/S.A.D. is usually represented by its respective president.
The President, along with the other members of the Executive Committee, is responsible for the day-to-day running of the organisation. The current president is José Luis Astiazarán, who was elected to the post on July 15, 2005 and re-elected in 2009.
|Manuel Vega-Arango Alvaré||Sporting Gijón||1983 – 1984|
|Antonio Baró Armengol||Espanyol||11 December 1984 – 11 February 2001|
|Pedro Tomás Marqués||Espanyol||2001 – 9 June 2004|
|José Luis Astiazarán (interim)||Real Sociedad||2004 – 2005|
|Guillermo Cabello Valero (interim)||Terrassa||22 June 2005|
|Carlos del Campo Cola (interim)||N/A||2005|
|José Luis Astiazarán||Real Sociedad||15 July 2005 – 14 April 2009, 27 April 2009 – present|
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In February 2011 the LFP threatened strike action if the Spanish government did not lift the ruling that one game per week must be shown free. The ruling was introduced in 1997 and the LFP want it lifted for the 2012–13 season.
- Spanish pronunciation: [ˈliɣa naθjoˈnal de ˈfuðβol pɾofesjoˈnal].
- Iain Rogers (11 February 2011). "Soccer-Spain's LFP threatens to halt games over TV row". Reuters. Retrieved 20 April 2011.