Spanish Football

Spanish Football Schedule for 2022–2023

The extremely unique LaLiga season, which will be split into two halves by the winter World Cup, begins in August. Here are some important Spanish football dates for the upcoming 2022–2023 season, including huge rivalry matches, LaLiga, domestic cups, and European play. Minor changes to this timetable are conceivable due to the fact that the Spanish football authority occasionally change their minds:

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Dates for Spanish football in 2022–2023

2022-08-10 – UEFA Super Cup (Real Madrid vs Eintracht Frankfurt)

The week before LaLiga begins, Real Madrid is in Helsinki to compete against Europa League champion Eintracht Frankfurt in the UEFA Super Cup. Carlo Ancelotti’s team will be heavy favorites against the German team and have an early opportunity to claim some hardware.

Opening Weekend for LaLiga Santander & LaLiga SmartBank is August 12–15, 2022.

LaLiga 2022/23 is set to begin on Friday, August 12, when Sevilla travel to Osasuna, marking the commencement of the next Spanish top division. Other exciting matchups on matchday one include the derby between Getafe and Atletico Madrid, a matchup between newcomers Almeria and the reigning champions Real Madrid, and Barcelona hosting Rayo Vallecano.

The inaugural LaLiga SmartBank match pits freshly relegated Levante against Huesca on the same weekend. For the first six matchdays, the top two leagues operate on the same schedule. In late September, the top flight was interrupted by the first international break.

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Group stages for the Champions, Europa, and Conference League begin September 6–8, 2022.

The World Cup has also affected the European calendar, and starting on September 6, three different two-week blocks will host the group rounds. Real Betis and Real Sociedad are back in the Europa League, while Real Madrid, Barcelona, Atletico Madrid, and Sevilla are in the Champions League. All of those teams will begin their seasons in the group stage, while Villarreal, who qualified for Spain’s Conference League for the first time ever, will have to compete in a two-legged play-off in August to guarantee their spot in the group stage.

October 15–16, 2022 – El Clásico

The first competitive Clásico of the 2022–23 campaign will be played on Matchday 9, when Real Madrid welcomes Barcelona at the Santiago Bernabéu. Last season’s match, of course, concluded with a decisive 4-0 win for the Catalan club, but after that, Barça’s comeback under Xavi came to a rather disappointing halt as Real Madrid continued to grow, winning both the league and the European Cup. In an effort to draw Real Madrid closer in the title chase this season, Barcelona will have another opportunity to stake out a position in the matchup in October.

Finalization of the Champions, Europa, and Conference League group stages, November 1–3, 2022

With matchday 6 taking place in early November, the European group stages are over rather quickly. Barcelona and Sevilla will be looking to prevent a repetition of last season, when both teams exited the Champions League at this stage. The teams in the other tournaments, meanwhile, will want to finish first in their respective groups so that they may avoid the play-off round in February.

November 8–10, 2022—LaLiga Matchday 14

The first portion of the LaLiga calendar for 2022–23 concludes with a midweek match list before the lengthy World Cup break, and this is where things start to get peculiar. Only 14 games have been played so far, with Sevilla’s matchup with Real Sociedad perhaps being the most notable contest. Barcelona will likely supply a large percentage of the Spanish World Cup team, and they will finish the first half of their season away against Osasuna.

Copa del Rey first round, November 12–13, 2022

Although participating players may be released for international service before the first round, which will take place during the weekend of November 12/13, there are Copa del Rey matches planned for just before and right after the World Cup. Following the same structure as the previous several years, top-tier clubs will be pulled away from some of the minor league teams in Spanish football in the first round of the Copa del Rey. With the exception of Barcelona, Real Madrid, Real Betis, and Valencia, all LaLiga teams are allowed to enter at this point. The second round is anticipated to occur around December 21.

Qatar will host the World Cup beginning on November 21.

On November 21, the 2022 World Cup begins in Qatar as all the major leagues take a break and focus turns to international affairs. One of the outstanding matches in the group stage is Spain’s match versus Germany on July 27. Spain plays Costa Rica in Group E two days later.

LaLiga SmartBank and the lesser divisions, with just the top flight on break, will continue throughout the World Cup, which is excellent news for fans of Spanish domestic football.

World Cup Final on December 18, 2022

The 2022 World Cup Final will be held in the 80,000-seat Lusail Stadium. Twelve years after La Roja’s “golden night” in South Africa, Luis Enrique’s team will be daydreaming about being there.

LaLiga Matchday 15 will take place from December 30 to January 2, 2023.

Matchday 15 of LaLiga is expected to take place at the turn of the new year when it resumes at the end of December. With a number of local derbies, it will return with a bit of a boom. The most significant matchups are Barcelona’s hosting of Catalan rivals Espanyol, Villarreal’s hosting of Valencia, Cadiz’s hosting of Andalusian rivals Almeria, and Osasuna’s trip to Donostia to take on Real Sociedad.

Third round of the Copa del Rey, 3–5 January 2023

After that comes the third round of the Copa del Rey, where Barcelona and Real Madrid join the competition. Real Betis is attempting to retain the championship they won in 2022 as a busy month of cup play begins.

Saudi Arabia hosts the Spanish Supercopa from January 11–15, 2023.

Many players will make a brief trip back to the Middle East in January since Riyadh will be hosting the Spanish Supercopa. The top two teams from LaLiga 2021–2022 are joined by the two cup winners, Real Madrid taking on Valencia in the first semifinal and Barcelona taking on Betis in the second. The victors will face off in the championship game on January 15 at the King Fahd International Stadium.

Champions, Europa, and Conference League knockout stages start on February 14–16, 2023.

From February on, the European schedule takes a more predictable course. On February 14th, the Champions League Last 16 begins. In order to avoid playing in the Europa League play-off round, which begins the same week and pits the eight UCL third-place teams against the second-place teams from the UEL group stages, Barcelona, Sevilla, and the Madrid clubs will all be wanting to be a part of it. Real Betis, Real Sociedad, and Villarreal will be free from obligations until the start of the Last 16 in both the Conference League and the Europa League on March 9 if they can win their groups.

March 18–19, 2023 – El Clásico

The second Clásico is served up in March, this time at Camp Nou. By this time, it will be matchday 26, making it too early for it to be a title-deciding game, but Barcelona will undoubtedly keep this date in mind and be determined to be much closer to Real Madrid than they were at the same point in the 2021/22 season.

Copa del Rey Final in Seville on May 6, 2023

Once again, La Cartuja will play home to the Copa del Rey Final, which appears to be moving from the scheduled date of April 29 to the weekend of May 6 instead. We might see some of the big guns prioritize other tournaments, perhaps opening the door for one of the lesser teams to make it to Seville. Betis are the holders following their dramatic penalty shootout victories against Valencia in 2022.

LaLiga SmartBank Final Weekend, May 26–28, 2023

The Segunda Division closes before the Primera in another departure from the customary Spanish football calendar, with the final matches scheduled for May 28, 2023. A shocking conclusion to the previous season saw Eibar lose their automatic promotion spot to Almeria on the last weekend of play in Stoppage Time. When Eibar visits Huesca on the last weekend, they’ll be hoping for a better outcome this time. Recently demoted Granada will hope that their final-day match against Leganes may serve as a sort of promotion celebration, and the same is true for Levante when they visit Real Oviedo. The inaugural second-tier season of FC Andorra comes to an end against Villarreal B.

Budapest will host the UEFA Europa League Final on May 31, 2023.

This year’s Europa League Final will be held in Budapest, Hungary, with Budapest serving as the host city. Real Betis and Real Sociedad were unable to go further in the tournament last season, but given that Eintracht Frankfurt and Rangers were unexpected Finalists, they have little cause to doubt their chances this time around.

LaLiga Santander Final Weekend, 2–4 June 2023

The 2022–23 LaLiga season will come to an end in June with a number of delicious and maybe highly important matches. Real Madrid loses to Athletic Club at home, while Atletico Madrid faces a challenging journey to the Ceramica. Real Sociedad vs. Sevilla is a game that may be crucial in the battle for a spot in the European competition while Barcelona is playing in Vigo. Elche vs. Cadiz, Mallorca vs. Rayo Vallecano, and Real Valladolid vs. Getafe are the bottom three matches that have the potential to be pivotal final weekend matches.

Prague will host the UEFA Conference League Final on June 7, 2023.

A few days later, in Prague, the Conference League comes to an end. Following their victories in the last two higher-level European competitions, Villarreal will be among the favorites to qualify, but it will be intriguing to see where Unai Emery’s interests lay this time around.

Istanbul will host the UEFA Champions League Final on June 10, 2023.

The 2023 Champions League Final will be held in the Atatürk Olympic Stadium. Real Madrid cannot be counted out after their incredible journey to the 2022 Final, but the Premier League is set to mount another formidable fight.

LaLiga SmartBank Play-off Final 2nd Leg: June 18, 2023

The Spanish football season will once again be wrapped up with the Segunda Division playoffs, with the Final 2nd Leg scheduled for June 18, 2023. In 2022, Girona won the play-offs, while Tenerife, Las Palmas, and Eibar all lost and may be among the teams vying for re-promotion.

Note that no FIFA Club World Cup has been confirmed for the 2022–2023 season, nor has its date or structure been determined. Real Madrid would have participated in the FIFA Club World Cup as the reigning European champions under the previous format. However, plans exist for a significantly expanded FIFA Club World Cup to take place at some point in the next year or so, featuring as many as 8 European clubs, although those proposals have faced fierce opposition.

La Liga Derby Schedule

There are also several neighborhood brawls to anticipate all around Spain. The dates for the major rivalry matches in Seville, Madrid, Barcelona, and the Basque Country are as follows:

  • September 17–18, 2022: Atletico Madrid vs. Real Madrid
  • November 5-6, 2022: Real Betis vs. Sevilla
  • Barcelona against. Espanyol, December 31–January 1, 2023
  • Athletic Club vs. Real Sociedad on January 14-15, 2023
  • February 25–26, 2023: Real Madrid at Atletico Madrid
  • Real Sociedad at Athletic Club, April 15–16, 2023
  • May 13–14, 2023: Espanyol vs. Barcelona
  • May 20-21, 2023: Sevilla vs. Real Betis