How to watch La Liga soccer in 2022

La Liga - Atletico Madrid´s players celebrate with the trophy at the Wanda Metropolitano stadium in Madrid on May 23, 2021 after winning the Spanish Liga Championship title.
Atletico Madrid celebrate at the Wanda Metropolitano stadium in Madrid on May 23, 2021 after winning the La Liga Championship title. (Image credit: Javier Soriano/Getty Images)

La Liga is Spain's premier football (soccer!) league. The top-tier league is home to plenty of exciting teams and players and is the equivalent of the Bundesliga in Germany, the English Premier League, or Serie A in Italy. 

In 2022, it's easier than ever for US viewers to watch every single La Liga game, thanks to a partnership with ESPN and ESPN Plus that started earlier this year.

Real Madrid has built up a solid lead in La Liga, making them favorites to take the title win when the season comes to an end in May. Currently, they're on 75 points, putting them 15 points clear of Barcelona and Sevilla who are tied for second with 60 points apiece.

Here's how to watch La Liga soccer so you can keep up as the season comes to a close.

How to watch La Liga soccer in the United States

The 91st season of La Liga football — soccer! — sees a big change for fans in the United States. It's the first time that ESPN Plus becomes the exclusive home for the league in America. And throughout the season we'll find games across the greater ESPN and ABC platforms.

But every game — more than 380 this season — will be available in English and in Spanish on ESPN Plus. ESPN Plus is the streaming service from the eponymous sports network that is home to all things live sport, including baseball, football, boxing, cycling, rugby and more. It's also the exclusive home of UFC pay-per-view events. Simply put, if it's a sport, there's a solid chance you'll be able to watch it live at some point on ESPN Plus. 

ESPN Plus's price increased to $6.99 (or $69.99 a year) for new subscribers back in August 2021. Current subscribers will see that increase on their next bill. 

If there's any chance you'd be interested in picking up either Disney Plus or Hulu, we'd also highly recommend you pick up the Disney Bundle. This great-value subscription package bundles together Disney Plus, ESPN Plus and the basic, ad-supported Hulu plan for just $13.99 a month, which constitutes a saving of $7.98.

How to watch La Liga football in the UK

In the UK, you can watch the top Spanish league on LaLiga TV, a football channel dedicated to top-tier Spanish football run by Premier Sports. Watching LaLiga TV is very simple as the channel is available as a Prime Video channel.

Adding LaLiga TV to your Amazon Prime subscription costs £7.99 a month, and gives you 24/7 access to live matches along with in-depth analysis, interviews, and live English-language coverage of available live matches from La Liga from Spanish football experts.

UK football fans will also recognize Gary Lineker, who joined the network to host key La Liga fixtures after leaving his role presenting Champions League coverage for BT Sport.

In order to pick up the Amazon Prime Channel, you'll also need an Amazon Prime subscription which will run you £7.99 or £79 a year, after a free trial.

Additional matches are also shown on Premier Sports' other channels, including their two major channels along with Free Sports.

Which teams are in La Liga this year?

Below is a list of the 20 teams competing in La Liga this year. As with other major European soccer leagues, the teams that feature in La Liga change each season. 

Wondering how those teams are decided? At the end of the previous season, the bottom three teams in La Liga are automatically "relegated" to the Segunda Division, the league immediately below La Liga. Those relegated teams are replaced by the top two teams and a third play-off winner from the Segunda Division, who are promoted up the ranks to play alongside the likes of Barcelona and Real Madrid.

For the current season, Rayo Vallecano, RCD Espanyol de Barcelona, and RCD Mallorca were promoted from the Segunda Division. They replaced SD Huesca, Real Valladolid CF and Eibar.

  • Alavés
  • Athletic Bilbao
  • Atlético Madrid
  • Barcelona
  • Cádiz
  • Celta Vigo
  • Elche
  • Espanyol
  • Getafe
  • Grana
  • Levane
  • RCD Mallorca
  • Osasuna
  • Rayo Vallecano
  • Real Betis
  • Real Madrid
  • Real Sociedad
  • Sevilla
  • Valencia
  • Villarreal CF

Upcoming La Liga Fixtures

Below you'll find a rolling list of upcoming La Liga fixtures, including broadcast times for the UK and US. All times and fixtures are subject to change, and if any scheduling info is missing it will be added as soon as possible.

Tuesday, April 19 

Mallorca vs Alavés - 1 pm EDT on ESPN Plus / 6 pm UK on La Liga TV and Premier Sports 1

Real Betis vs Elche - 3 pm EDT on ESPN Plus / 8 pm UK 

Villarreal vs Valencia - 3:30 pm EDT on ESPN Plus /  8:30 pm UK on La Liga TV

Wednesday, April 20 

Atlético Madrid vs Granada - 1 pm EDT on ESPN Plus / 6 pm UK on La Liga TV and Premier Sports 1

Celta Vigo vs Getafe - 2 pm EDT on ESPN Plus / 7 pm UK

Osasuna vs Real Madrid - 3:30 pm EDT on ESPN Plus / 8:30 pm UK on La Liga TV

Thursday, April 21

Espanyol vs Rayo Vallecano - 1pm EDT on ESPN Plus / 6 pm UK 

Levante vs Sevilla FC - 1 pm EDT on ESPN Plus / 6 pm UK on La Liga TV

Cádiz vs Athletic Bilbao - 2 pm EDT on ESPN Plus / 7 pm UK 

Real Sociedad vs Barcelona - 3:30 pm EDT on ESPN Plus / 8:30 pm UK time on La Liga TV and Premier Sports 1

Sunday, April 24

Barcelona vs Rayo Vallecano - 3 pm EDT on ESPN Plus / 8 pm UK time on La Liga TV

Phil Nickinson

Phil spent his 20s in the newsroom of the Pensacola (Fla.) News Journal, his 30s on the road for and Mobile Nations and is the Dad part of Modern Dad.