LaLiga and Liga Portugal have extended their 'memorandum of understanding' (MoU) for a further three years, maintaining the association between both competitions until July 2023. Originally agreed in 2017, the new commitment was signed this month by LaLiga President Javier Tebas and Liga Portugal President Pedro Proença at the LaLiga headquarters in Madrid.
The extension aims to provide continuity for both organisations which have held a close relationship in recent years. During this time, representatives of the Portuguese league have held regular visits to LaLiga and its clubs to help facilitate the exchange of knowledge between both parties, while specific joint events like the Iberian Cup tournament have also been created.
Economic control, new technologies and integrity and security
In this next stage of the collaboration, LaLiga and Liga Portugal are looking to go one step further with their digital strategies and will explore new fields of collaboration in the field of eSports.
Other key areas for collaboration and knowledge-sharing will be economic control, the fight against audiovisual piracy and the internationalisation of competitions, areas where LaLiga has developed industry-leading propositions in recent years.
The leagues will also further promote initiatives to combat racism and xenophobia as well as provide continued support for grassroots football.
2030 Football World Cup: Support for the Spain-Portugal candidacy
The renewal of the LaLiga and Liga Portugal agreement also has a further common objective –the firm and unequivocal support for the joint Spain-Portugal bid to host the 2030 Football World Cup.
“We are very satisfied to have signed the agreement with the Portuguese league for three more years,” said LaLiga President Javier Tebas. “For LaLiga it represents a significant boost in the bid for the 2030 World Cup in Spain and Portugal. We believe that the efforts of both leagues will also help us to achieve this success.”
“We are pleased to renew our strategic agreement with LaLiga in order to strengthen our relationship and learning together,” added Pedro Proença, Liga Portugal President. “For Portuguese football this agreement has been very positive. It allows us to continue working together and also in relation to the candidacy for the 2030 World Cup, which will be important for both countries.”