Report: Spanish soccer association has plans for esports league

by Josh Bury Jul 18 2016
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The Liga Nacional de Fútbol Profesional (LFP) is reportedly aiming to enter esports with the creation of its own league.

The report from Esports Observer based on a Spanish-language news story in Vandal Sports says that the LFP has attracted substantial investment for an esports league that it plans to debut in mid-to-late-2017. The report does not specify which games the league plans to focus on.

Founded in 1984, the LFP is a 42-club association that handles both professional Spanish soccer leagues: the First Division, usually called La Liga, and the Second Division, known as LaLiga2.

Soccer organizations have so far led the way in attempts to create meaningful links between the worlds of traditional sports and esports. Valencia CF, which plays in La Liga, opened an esports division in early June, and then signed a League of Legends team that features Spanish ex-LCS pros Isaac "Xpepii" Flores and Adrián "Adryh" Perez.

Spain isn't the only soccer region looking to break into esports, though. FC Schalke 04 bought a spot in League of Legends' EU LCS, Manchester CIty recently signed a FIFA 16 player, and Manchester United was reportedly in a bidding war against major esports organization Fnatic for the right to sign an Overwatch roster.

Josh "Gauntlet" Bury is the reason that Valencia has a bat on their coat of arms. You can find him on Twitter.