Barça's title defence will begin on August 22 or 23 / MIGUEL RUIZ - FCB

It has finally been decided that the Liga season will commence on August 23, as resolved by the president of the Consejo Superior de Deportes (CSD), Miguel Cardenal, after discrepancies had arisen between the Liga Nacional de Futbol Profesional (LFP) and the Real Federación Española de Futbol (RFEF). Cardenal approved the fixture list proposed by the Federation, so the 2015/16 season will begin on the weekend of August 22 and 23.

The CSD has said that “we consider the position expressed by the RFEF to be better grounded, and it is also supported by the conditions imposed by the dates programmed by UEFA in its sports calendar … In this regard, it was not possible to modify the dates in order to meet the LFP’s pretension of playing the first round of matches on 16 August 2015, so the first and second division championships will be starting on August 23 as proposed by the RFEF”.