Liga de Fútbol Profesional

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Not to be confused with Ligue de Football Professionnel.
Liga de Fútbol Profesional
Liga de Fútbol Profesional (emblem).svg
Abbreviation LFP
Formation July 27, 1984 (1984-07-27)
Type Sports association
Headquarters Madrid, Spain
Region served
42 football clubs
Javier Tebas
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.


General Assembly[edit]

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.

President Club Term
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 – 26 April 2013
Javier Tebas Medrano N/A 26 April 2013 – present

Television rights[edit]

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.[1]


On 22 November 2013, Huawei became the global partner of Liga de Fútbol Profesional.[2]

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