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LA LIGA 1|2|3, SEASON 2019/20

04 Jul 2019
The VAR lands at Segunda and the league turns to the north, which increases the number of feasible visits for Depor’s fans.

The draw for the Segunda season 2019/20 takes place this week. The last two promotions to the league were known on the weekend. Andalusia lost two clubs with the promotion of Granada CF and the relegation of Córdoba CF, so now there are three communities with three clubs, four with two and five with one.

Clearly there are now more clubs on the north side of Spain, which makes feasible to make trips for Depor’s fans. The two trips to Asturias are now completed with three trips to Castille & León, one to Cantabria in order to face recently promoted Racing Santander, plus the visit to CD Lugo.

The twenty-two Segunda clubs classified by their communities:

Andalusia: Málaga CF, UD Almería, Cádiz CF
Madrid: Rayo Vallecano, AD Alcorcón & FC Fuenlabrada
Castille & León: CD Numancia, SD Ponferradina, CD Mirandés
Asturias: Real Oviedo & Sporting de Gijón
Galicia: Deportivo La Coruña & CD Lugo
Canary Islands: CD Tenerife & UD Las Palmas
Aragon: Real Zaragoza & SD Huesca
Castilla-La Mancha: Albacete Balompié
Catalonia: Girona FC
Valencia: Elche CF
Murcia: Extremadura UD
Cantabria: Racing Santander

Segunda will continue to be a tournament with 22 clubs, the first two places go directly to Primera, while there’s a playoff round between the third, fourth, fifth and sixth place for the remaining ticket to the elite. The calendar will be asymmetric like in the previous year, which means that the order of the second round won’t be the same of the first.

For the second straight season there are no B teams in the league and the clubs will continue to be ruled by relegation aids and the salary caps. La Liga hasn’t calculated yet the salary caps of the teams, but it’s expected that Girona FC are going to have the biggest cap as they will receive the biggest aids for the years they pass at Primera and will continue to receive money from their collaboration deal with Manchester City.

A thing that won’t change is that there will be games on Fridays and Mondays. The president of La Liga, Javier Tebas, said before that the idea was to cancel games on Mondays as it’s difficult for the fans to attend to the stadiums on a working day, but he changed his mind and now promises that each club will only face “one or two” home games on Mondays in order to avoid these difficulties. 

What will be new is the presence of the VAR; La Liga introduced the system at Primera on last year and was expecting to do it at Segunda during the promotion playoff, but it had to be delayed. Now the Segunda referees are ready to implement it ahead of the campaign 2019/20.  The other big novelty is that, for the first time in two decades, the ball used in the games won’t be Nike, but made by Puma.

Another novelty comes with the Copa Del Rey, there are more clubs involved now and the first two rounds are played in a one-leg series (December 18 and January 12), it will be the same format for the last-32 round (January 22) and the last-16 round (January 29). 



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