Atletico & Villarreal Want to Play La Liga Match in Miami Villarreal, Atletico Madrid and La Liga have submitted a request to the Royal Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) for their match in December to be played in Miami.
Villarreal president Fernando Roig confirmed in a radio interview on Wednesday that the two clubs were hoping an agreement could be struck.
Roig insisted such an event would be beneficial and important for Spanish football’s growth, and the three parties have now lodged an official proposal to play the match on December 6 at Hard Rock Stadium.
A statement posted to Villarreal’s website read: “La Liga, alongside Villarreal and Atletico Madrid, [on Thursday] presented an official request to the RFEF to play the match between Villarreal and Atletico Madrid, corresponding to La Liga matchday 16, on December 6, 2019, at 10pm Spanish time (4pm local time) at the Hard Rock Stadium in Miami (Florida, United States).
“This request is part of La Liga’s international growth strategy. There are millions of La Liga fans around the world. Bringing the clubs closer to these fans represents an important opportunity to connect with them and continue working for the global growth of La Liga on a worldwide level.”
In August 2018, La Liga signed a 15-year agreement with entertainment company Relevant Sports designed to promote the sport and La Liga in North America back in August.
The deal included hosting one regular season Spanish league game on American soil per season. One of the main elements that may scupper plans again is the travelling for fans from each club.
Charter flights to Miami for supporters is being considered while Villarreal will be compensated for the loss of one home game with a bigger away allocation at the Wanda Metropolitano later in the season.