The possible scenarios which will decide the outcome of La Liga 2019-20

Spanish football has been temporarily put on hold due to the COVID-19 outbreak. A Commission will decide if Barcelona are proclaimed league champions and if Mallorca, Leganés and Espanyol are relegated if no more games are played, according to Diario AS.

In the case that no more games are played in the remainder of the 2019-20 season, the champions of La Liga and those who will drop down to the Second Division is still up in the air. RFEF president Luis Rubiales has confirmed that there are four possible scenarios.

In two of them, Barcelona would end as champions of La Liga and Cádiz as champions of the Second Division. The final decision will be made on March 25 by a commission formed by members of the RFEF and La Liga. If both parties cannot reach an agreement, Rubiales will make the final decision.

Scenario one: Play all of the remaining games

The main problem with regards to completing all 38 games in the calendar is that there wouldn’t be enough dates available for the games to take place. Decisions made during the next few weeks by UEFA concerning the Champions League, the Europa League and Euro 2020, which is due to start on 12 June, will determine whether both domestic and European competitions can be finalised.

Scenario two: Declare the season null and void

If the situation deteriorates and the suspension of matches is extended to a point where it is impossible to reschedule all of the postponed games, the RFEF and La Liga could declare this season null and void. In that case, there wouldn’t be a champion in any of the domestic competitions nor would any teams be promoted or relegated.

Scenario three: End the season now

One of the possibilities to decide the outcome of the season would be to declare it finished now. That would leave Barcelona as La Liga champions, Real Madrid, Sevilla and Real Sociedad as Champions League representatives; Getafe and Atlético Madrid would qualify for the Europa League. Mallorca, Leganés and Espanyol would be relegated to the Second Division. Cádiz and Zaragoza would gain automatic promotion.

Scenario four: Base the league on the results of the first round of matches

The fourth potential way of deciding La Liga if no more matches can be played would be to backtrack to where all the teams finished at the halfway point. The team which topped the table after the first round of games would be crowned champions, with the teams in the final three places relegated. That way, all of the clubs would have faced each other once. In that scenario, Barcelona would be league champions – beating Real Madrid on goal difference as both teams reached the midway point on 40 points. Atlético and Sevilla would qualify for the Europa League and Mallorca, Leganés and Espanyol would go down to the Second Divison.

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