La Liga 2008/2009 Preview

Primera Division (La Liga) is the highest level of the Spanish professional football. There are a total of 20 teams and each team plays a season 38-game schedule consisting of two matches against each of the 19 other teams at home and outside. As in all European football leagues, there are three points for a win, one for a tie and no points of the loss. But if teams are level on points, total score between these two clubs determines the overall standings before goal difference. If three or more teams are tied, then the combined face-to-head record the fair tied teams will be used to determine the final decision on these clubs.

The team has accumulated the most points at the end of the season is declared Primera Division champions. The four clubs qualified for the Champions League, with the first two directly into the group. The fifth and sixth place teams and King's Cup winners are qualified for the UEFA Cup. The 18th, 19th and 20th placed teams in the Primera Division are automatically relegated, while the three of the Spanish Second Division promotion. Teams reserve Primera clubs (called Team B) May also play in the second division, but could not be promoted to Spanish top flight.