The worst three clubs in the table are demoted, while the top three teams from the second tier take their place. La Liga is made up of 20 teams, and each team plays each of its opponents twice (at home and away). As a result, each side has played 38 games. La Liga features a total of 20 teams. In Spain, the first division (La Liga) has between 28 and 30 teams. There are also two other major professional sports leagues - the National Basketball Association (NBA) and the National Football League (NFL). Each of these has several teams in Spain.
The winner of the La Liga season is determined by a combination of goal difference and number of goals scored. If scores are level at the end of regulation time in both matches, a series of rules come into play to determine who wins and loses. If scores are still level after 90 minutes have been played, an extra 15 minutes are added to the game. If there are still no winners after this, the match is declared a draw. The team that scores more goals than its opponent wins.
In addition to the league title, other prizes are awarded at the end of the season. These include the Copa del Rey, which is played annually between all the clubs in La Liga. The final is always held on the last Sunday in January at the Vicente Calderón Stadium. Games can only be played on Sundays and public holidays; otherwise, they would clash with church services.
The Liga Nacional de Futbol Profesional administers the first professional level, which is contested by 20 clubs, with the three lowest-placed teams at the end of each season relegated to the Segunda Division and replaced by the top two teams and a play-off winner in that division. The champion wins the title. In case of a draw between qualified teams, extra time is played, followed by a penalty shoot-out if necessary.
The league championship is determined over the course of several seasons. A club is declared champion when it has accumulated more points than its opponents over all previous matches. If there is a tie between two or more clubs after the completion of the regular season, a series of playoffs are used to determine who will be crowned champions.
Clubs are ranked by position above last season. If two or more clubs are tied on points, then the following criteria is applied to determine the champion: most goals scored; head-to-head record; overall goal difference; overall score difference; round-robin play-offs; away goals rule; golden goal rule. If still tied, priority is given to the club that is ranked highest according to these criteria in order to establish an official champion. If no champion has been determined within three attempts, then the holder of the trophy would be declared champion.
For example, let's say that during the 2015-16 season, Barcelona and Real Madrid both have 56 points.
Liga MX/Total number of teams: The Liga MX is a professional football league in Mexico. There are currently 20 clubs competing in the league this season, which began on August 1, 2009 and will end in December 2010. The champion qualifies for the 2011 Copa Libertadores de América.
The current format of the Liga MX was introduced in 2009 when Cruz Azul became the first team to qualify for the FIFA Club World Cup by winning the Apertura 2008 tournament. In November 2008, the FMF announced that the Clausura 2009 would be played with an open play-off system similar to that used in European football. The two finalists from the previous season along with the reigning champions will all qualify for the next season's tournament.
Before this season, there had never been more than 2 teams from one city in the league at any time. However, after Universidad Nacional won the Apertura 2009 championship, they moved to Denver where they will be playing their home games during the 2010-11 season.
Overall, there are now 17 teams from Mexico and 3 teams from Argentina playing in the Liga MX.
Each season, Mexican League teams compete in 114 games. Five teams from each division proceed to a four-round playoff competition, which concludes in the Serie del Rey, a best-of-seven championship series between the two division winners. The Liga Norte de Mexico and the Mexican Academy League are the Mexican League's lower leagues. Teams in these circuits only play during the season; they do not participate in playoffs.
The champion club is awarded an annual berth in the Caribbean Series, which also includes players from the Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico. The LMBB seasons usually run from April to December, although there is no formal schedule and most games are played on Sundays.
Teams in the Mexican League include champions of regional tournaments such as the Estadio Cementos Laguna (Laguna), who have won eight titles; the Diablos Rojos del México (Dorados de Sinaloa) with six championships; and the Tigres de Quintana Roo (Romeros de Yucca Valley) with five crowns.
For the 2004-05 season, the league restored to 22 clubs, while Serie A increased from 18 to 20 teams. During the regular season, each club plays 38 games, two of which are against the same opponent. A full round-robin structure is employed in Italian football. The top four teams qualify for the UEFA Champions League, while the bottom three are subject to various forms of relegation.
The Italian Football League consists of two divisions: Serie A and Serie B. Only the champion of Serie A is allowed to enter the UEFA Champions League. The other eleven teams of Serie B can either play in Promozione or be relegated to a lower division.
The winner of Seria A qualifies for the UEFA Champions League, while the other team goes into the Europa League. In addition, the losing semifinalists from the Champions League compete in a play-off for another spot in the next season's Champions League.
There are several other national leagues in Italy but they are not as strong as the two main divisions. The Prima Divisione (first division) is currently dominated by Juventus and Milan but there are also some other strong teams such as Roma, Napoli, and Fiorentina. The second division is known as Serie B and it is also won by Juventus and Milan but there are many other good teams such as Lecce, Perugia, and Siena.
Group six of the Champions League. They finished third and advanced to the Europa League, where they will play nine more games. In addition, there will be a Community Shield game, a Uefa Super Cup game, and two World Club Cup games. That's 94 (ninety-four)! "—@championsleague
Champions League games are played over two legs. If you win both matches, you advance along with the winner of the other group. If you lose one match, you must wait for the match referee to decide which leg to re-play (usually based on random selection). If you lose that second match too, you are out of the tournament.
The order of the matches is decided by a random draw. There are four groups in the Champions League, but they can contain any number of teams. Each team plays every other team in its group twice, including itself. The top team from each group advances to the knockout stage.
Since 2008, the group stages have been played as a single round-robin format, with each team playing the others once at their home stadium. The group winners qualify directly for the quarterfinals, while the runners-up progress to the next round. If a runner-up group is determined by points difference rather than head-to-head results, then the team with the highest score after two rounds goes through.