Spanish football’s top flight will resume after a three-month pause due to the coronavirus pandemic on June 11.
According to the government’s department for sports (CSD) in a statement on Friday, the La Liga will return with the local derby between Sevilla and Real Betis.
Meanwhile, league president Javier Tebas has outlined La Liga’ plans to offer viewers the chance to hear virtual crowd noise during the matches.
The matches have been scheduled to be played without supporters to prevent further spread of the virus.
“At a meeting of the contact group they form alongside the CSD, the Spanish football federation (RFEF) and La Liga have agreed to the format of the final 11 rounds of fixtures of La Liga and the second division,” said the CSD statement.
The statement added that the season would finish by July 18, “depending on the evolution of the virus”.
La Liga will be the second of Europe’s top five leagues to resume action after the pandemic paralysed all major sporting competitions around the world last March.
La Liga is following in the footsteps of Germany’s Bundesliga which returned earlier this month.
German broadcasters have reproduced fan noise for television viewers in order to make the matches in empty stadiums more appealing.
Tebas said the Spanish league are looking to use the same technology.
“Tonight we are doing audio-visual tests so that spectators will be able to choose between two backgrounds, the real one or one with fans and virtual sound,” Tebas told a forum organised by Spanish newspaper Marca on Friday.
“In the Bundesliga, they have chosen to have virtual sound with a lot of success and we are working to try and have the same option.
“We want to give fans two options: silence or virtual sound. The tests that we have done are very interesting and surprising, but spectators will have both options.”
England’s Premier League will recommence on June 17 while Italy’s Serie A is set to continue on June 20.
France’s Ligue 1 was cancelled last month, with Paris St-Germain (PSG) declared champions.(Reuters/NAN)