La Liga’s organising body announced on Thursday that it plans to hold regular season Spanish top flight games in the United States in the future.The plan is part of a 15-year partnership between La Liga and media company Relevent, which organises the International Champions Cup, to promote football in North America.
European clubs and leagues have increased their presence in the United States in recent years as they seek to make a dent in the country’s vast sports market.
As part of the agreement, LaLiga plans to bring a regular season club match to the United States, the first to be played outside of Europe.
La Liga did not give any details on when the first game across the Atlantic was set to take place and did not immediately respond to a request for information from Reuters.
The Spanish footballer’s union, the AFE, however, criticised the league for not consulting the players, declaring its “most energetic protest” at the announcement.