Spanish Football Calendar 2021/22 – Key Dates

Spanish football calendar

The new Spanish football season is around the corner and preparations stepped up a gear this week with the announcement of the fixtures lists for LaLiga 2021/22. Here’s a look at some of the key dates on the Spanish football calendar for the upcoming campaign.

Spanish Football Calendar 2021/22

August 2021

LaLiga MD 1-3 | Segunda MD 1-3 | UEFA Super Cup | Olympics

LaLiga is set to start on Friday 13th August. There are some tasty opening weekend fixtures including Barcelona’s clash with Real Sociedad, while champions Atletico Madrid begin their title defence in Vigo. Valencia’s home game against Getafe will also be an interesting one with Pepe Bordalas starting his career as Los Che boss against his former team. Matchday 2 sees Barcelona visit San Mames while Real Madrid have a difficult game at Real Betis on Matchday 3.

Before all of that though, Europa League champions Villarreal will play Chelsea in Belfast for the UEFA Super Cup, while a very strong Spain squad featuring the likes of Pedri will be going for gold in Tokyo at the Olympics.

Don’t Miss: Real Betis vs Real Madrid (Weekend of 29/8)

September 2021

LaLiga MD 4-7 | Segunda MD 4-7 | UCL/UEL/UEC MD 1-2 | World Cup Qualifiers

The 2020/21 season was a hectic affair with fixture congestion having a negative impact on many footballers. In theory, we are back to a more regular schedule for 2021/22 but one glimpse at the September football calendar highlights how fatigue could quickly set in again.

As well as four full matchdays in LaLiga, elite players could also be involved in two European fixtures as the group stages kick off in the Champions League, Europa League and Conference League. Spain also have three key World Cup qualifiers at the start of the month against Sweden, Georgia and Kosovo.

Don’t Miss: Sevilla vs Barcelona (Weekend of 12/9)

October 2021

LaLiga MD 8-12 | Segunda MD 8-13 | UCL/UEL/UEC MD 3 | UEFA Nations League Finals

Camp Nou
Camp Nou hosts the first Clasico in October.

October is one of the busiest months in terms of league action with five Primera and six Segunda matchdays. There are some huge games with Barcelona facing the two big Madrid clubs and it may give us the first real indications of which team is looking best equipped to claim the 2021/22 title.

We’ll also have the first meeting of the two big Basque clubs as Real Sociedad host Athletic in late October. On the international front, you’d be forgiven for having forgotten but Spain are in the UEFA Nations League Finals and will begin their quest for silverware when they take on Italy in the Semi-Final in Milan with Belgium or France awaiting in the Final.

Don’t Miss: Barcelona vs Real Madrid (Weekend of 24/10)

November 2021

LaLiga MD 13-15 | Segunda MD 14-17 | UCL/UEL/UEC MD 4-5 | World Cup Qualifiers

November sees only three full matchdays in LaLiga, the first of which features the first Seville derby of the season at the Benito Villamarin. The second sees the return of the Barcelona derby as newly promoted Espanyol visit Camp Nou while Villarreal-Barcelona and Real Madrid-Sevilla are headline acts on an appetising MD15.

It’s also crunch-time for Spain’s hopes of making the 2022 World Cup and it all may come down to their final qualifying group game at home to Sweden on 14th November.

Don’t Miss: Real Betis vs Sevilla (Weekend of 7/11)

December 2021

LaLiga MD 16-18 | Segunda MD 18-20 | UCL/UEL/UEC MD 6 | Copa del Rey 1st & 2nd Round

2021 ends with the top two tiers heading towards the halfway stage while the seven Spanish clubs in European action will be hoping to secure progress to the knockout stage. 16 top flight clubs will also enter the Copa del Rey 1st Round and will be hoping to avoid shocks against some of the minnows of the Spanish game.

The clubs involved in January’s Supercopa may also play one extra league fixture this month. The pick of December’s league fixtures is certainly the Madrid derby at the Bernabeu as last season’s top two clash.

Don’t Miss: Real Madrid vs Atletico Madrid (Weekend of 12/12)

January 2022

LaLiga MD 19-22 | Segunda MD 21-25 | Copa del Rey 3rd & 4th Round | Supercopa

After a two week break during the Christmas/New Year period, LaLiga returns at the start of January and it’s also a busy month of domestic cup action. The Supercopa takes place in Saudi Arabia with a Clasico semi-final this time around while Athletic Club, who won the competition last season, face off against Atletico Madrid in the other tie.

Those clubs will also join the Copa del Rey in January but we’ll have another fortnight off in the Primera at the end of the month due to January international tournaments including the delayed Africa Cup of Nations.

Don’t Miss: Villarreal vs Atletico Madrid (Weekend of 9/1)

February 2022

LaLiga MD 23-26 | Segunda MD 26-29 | Copa del Rey QF & SF 1st Leg | UCL/UEL/UEC Knockout stages begin

February sees the return of the European competitions as the knockout stages kick-off while the Copa del Rey progresses to the Semi-Final stage. In LaLiga, Barcelona face Atletico Madrid in perhaps the standout fixture of a month which will be very important for the Catalans who also travel across town to Espanyol before games against Valencia and Athletic.

There are also some big derbies including the Basque derby between La Real and Athletic, as well as the second Seville derby of the season at the Ramon Sanchez-Pizjuan.

Don’t Miss: Athletic Club vs Real Sociedad (Weekend of 20/2)

March 2022

LaLiga MD 27-29 | Segunda MD 30-33 | Copa del Rey SF 2nd Leg | UCL/UEL/UEC Last 16 | Internationals

By the end of March, we’ll know the Copa del Rey Finalists and also the Quarter-Finalists in the three European competitions so it’s a month where some clubs will have serious cup distractions.

However we’ll also have the second league Clasico of the season on matchday 29, just before the first international break of 2022 when we’ll get some friendly action, as well as the decisive playoffs for the Qatar World Cup which could feature Spain if they fail to win their group.

Don’t Miss: Real Madrid vs Barcelona (Weekend of 20/3)

April 2022

LaLiga MD 30-33 | Segunda MD 34-37 | Copa del Rey Final | UCL/UEL/UEC QF’s & SF 1st Legs

April will see the 2021/22 Copa del Rey Final played out in Seville. We’ll also be creeping into the real business end of the season in LaLiga as the battles for the title, European places and survival heats up.

In Europe, we’ll have the 1st and 2nd Legs of the Quarter-Final ties, as well as the Semi-Final 1st Legs as Spanish clubs look to once again prove they can still compete with the money and power of the Premier League.

Don’t Miss: Sevilla vs Real Madrid (Weekend of 17/4)

May 2022

LaLiga MD 34-38 | Segunda MD 38-42 | UCL/UEL/UEC SF 2nd Legs & Final

Atletico Madrid stadium
Atletico Madrid host Real Madrid in what could be a massive late season derby clash in May.

Early May sees the second Madrid derby which really kicks off the conclusion of LaLiga and if it’s as good as last season, we could be in for some real final day drama. The “big three” have tough final day games with Barcelona hosting Villarreal, Real Madrid facing Real Betis while Atleti travel to Real Sociedad. At the bottom, it’s hard to predict what will still be at stake but games such as Alaves-Cadiz, Elche-Getafe and Rayo-Levante could be huge.

The Segunda Division regular season concludes a week later so we’ll know two of the promotion winners. Sevilla’s Ramon Sanchez-Pizjuan is the setting for the Final of the Europa League while Tirana and Saint Petersburg play host to the inaugural UEFA Conference League Final and UEFA Champions League Final respectively.

Don’t Miss: LaLiga Final Day (Weekend of 22/5)

June 2022

Segunda Play-Offs | 2022/23 UEFA Nations League starts

The play-offs in the Segunda Division form the end of the domestic season in June as four teams bid to emulate Rayo Vallecano who won promotion via that method in 2021. There’s no major tournament action next summer with the World Cup taking place later in the year due to the heat of Qatar. However the UEFA Nations League gets going again with matchdays 1-4 in the group stage so it’ll be a busy period for international teams. Spain will be in League A again but the groups have not yet been drawn.

Don’t Miss: Segunda Play-Off Final 2nd Leg (19/6)

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