Thu, February 27, 2020

FIFA to discuss prevention of playing domestic league games abroad

FIFA to discuss prevention of playing domestic league games abroad

FIFA are set to discuss whether or not to change the rules so that domestic league games will be prevented from being played in a different country.

Several top European leagues, including the Premier League, have discussed potentially hosting a single league game abroad or even adding an extra game to the fixture list for each team so that everyone plays one league game abroad each season, but these never came to fruition. Most recently La Liga has twice seen attempts to play a league game in America fail after Barcelona scrapped their plans to play Girona in Miami after both the Spanish FA and players union opposed the plan. Then this season Villareal and Atletico Madrid had also hoped to play in Miami, but this request was denied by a Spanish court meaning that the league game was played at Villareal’s home stadium as originally planned. 

Media company Relevant Sports and La Liga have a partnership to expand the popularity of the league across America, which includes holding league games in the country, but the United Sates Soccer Federation has said that it would not sanction any foreign league games. With it previously blocking the Ecuadorian league game between Barcelona SC and Guayaquil City which was also due to be held in Miami.

Official Spanish games are already hosted abroad as this year the Supercopa de España saw Barcelona, Real Madrid, Atletico and Valencia play in Saudi Arabia although these are not league games and are hosted by the Spanish FA rather than La Liga. Barcelona President Josep Maria Bartomeu said that “if you want to promote La Liga more and more, then we should have three games of the year outside - one in America, one in the Middle East and one in Asia.”

The FIFA Committee will be discussing the issue and could then recommend to the FIFA Council that they make the final decision to block league matches being played overseas. Major League Soccer Commissioner Don Garber is a Committee member so will be in attendance and has said “I believe home games should be played at home stadiums”.


Recent News Articles

Wed, February 01, 2023

Russian Chess Federation to leave European Chess Union for Asian Chess Federation

The Chess Federation of Russia (FCR) is set to change its continental body from the European Chess Union (ECU) to the Asian Chess Federation (ACF) following war with Ukraine. 

Read More

Tue, January 31, 2023

Scholars call on Trudeau to launch independent inquiry into sports in Canada

Canadian and international scholars have written a letter to Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau calling for an independent inquiry into sports in Canada. 

Read More

Mon, January 30, 2023

Italy prop Ivan Nemer suspended until 30 June for giving Benetton teammate Cherif Traorè a rotten banana for secret Santa

Italy prop Ivan Nemer has been suspended until 30 June by the Italian federation after he gave his Benetton teammate Cherif Traorè a rotten banana as part of the club’s secret Santa. 

Read More