LaLiga Santander Agreement between LaLiga and RFEF
The Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) and LaLiga have agreed on a number of regulations to put in place for the 2020/21 season.
These new rules will decide the outcome of the upcoming season if it is interrupted by coronavirus.
New regulations include the following:
– Teams must tell the National Professional Football League (LNFP) and the RFEF if they want to play at an alternative stadium to their home stadium for the season before September 18.
– Matches will go ahead if teams have a minimum of seven first team players available. If a team does not have seven first team players available, the referee will suspend the match.
– Matches will also go ahead if teams have a minimum of 13 players, first team or from the academy, available.
– If a match cannot go ahead for whatever reason, be that because of a lack of players, health reasons or the closure of facilities, a new date for the match must be arranged.
– Teams in LaLiga Santander will only be able to postpone a match once. Teams in LaLiga SmartBank will only be able to postpone a match twice.
– Matches beyond Matchday 30 in LaLiga Santander and Matchday 34 in LaLiga SmartBank cannot be postponed for a later date. The team who is not able to participate in a match beyond this point must forfeit the match, giving a 3-0 win to the other team. If neither team can participate in a match beyond this point, both teams will get the loss.
– Promotion playoff ties will be played over one leg in the event of two-legged ties not being able to be played. Semi-final and final ties in each division will take place over one leg in either a single host stadium in the space of five days or in neutral venues. If a team involved in the playoffs can’t participate in a tie, they will forfeit the match.
– There is now the possibility of substituting staff members and the previous times of arrival for teams to stadiums will be shortened.