It is important to bear in mind that this is not a definitive list of all the countries in the world which air coverage of La Liga, and that there are likely countries in the world where one could pay less or more to watch La Liga games than those listed here. It is a list of 20 noteworthy football-loving nations and the prices their citizens must pay to watch the La Liga. It takes into account the cheapest possible TV or live streaming options in each country which a fan can use to watch as many La Liga matches as possible during the 2023/24 season.
This list provides the annual cost of gaining access to as many La Liga matches as possible in a given market. In some cases, it isn't possible to access every single La Liga match of the season. However, in the majority of countries, fans can pay to get all 380 matches of the season and choose which ones they want to enjoy each weekend.
The prices displayed in the index also represent the absolute cheapest possible approach to getting the most games. In the case of some rights holders, a monthly subscription to a single live streaming platform is the cheapest way. In others, a fan must pay for as many as three different broadcasters to cover all of the different matches available. Fans living in countries where the rights space is dominated by big pay-TV broadcasters like Sky, BeIN and Canal+ tend to get a rough deal, while those fortunate enough to live in places where the rights are owned by streamers like Viaplay, Star+ and other monthly subscription, OTT only platforms usually enjoy much more competitive prices.
Some broadcasters, which hold exclusive rights to La Liga, require the consumer to sign a 12 month or 24 month contract to sign up, while others - especially streamers - can often be cancelled anytime, meaning a fan only needs to pay for the 10 month La Liga season and then cancel their membership during the summer off-season to save money. However, it sometimes works out cheaper to sign a one-year contract than pay monthly for 10 months and cancel.
After determining the absolute cheapest route to take, involving the fewest subscriptions possible, to gain access to the maximum number of games possible in all 20 countries, our team did the calculations to come up with a per-season figure for watching La Liga in each place. Prices are listed in their original currencies and those prices are then automatically converted into GBP (British Pounds) for comparison purposes, taking into account currency exchange rates, which are automatically updated daily.
Here's what we found.
Unsurprisingly, Spain is the most expensive country in the world to watch La Liga. It makes sense that the Spanish top flight would be most popular in its home market. However, the price which fans must pay is staggering. For those Premier League fans in the UK who rightly complain of astronomical prices to watch their favourite teams, they should be grateful not to be a Real Madrid or Barcelona fan living in Spain. With the rights being shared by linear TV giant Movistar and live streaming platform DAZN, fans must pay almost £1000 a year to get access to all the La Liga games, almost three times more than anywhere else on our list. It's an obscene amount of money, but judging by the perceived growth of Movistar every year, one which the Spanish people are willing to pay.
Next in line is Hong Kong. On the one hand, this makes sense as the country has a thriving economy and a high average income. However, the love for Spanish football there is not well documented. Nonetheless, fans must subscribe to Now TV for an annual cost of £372 if they want to keep up with all the action.
Following along are the Netherlands, Italy and Germany. These are predictable placements on the list given how advanced the economies are in these European nations and the huge numbers of football fans living there.
Just outside the top five is Mexico, which certainly comes as some surprise. Given the cultural and historical links between the two countries, it would make sense that Mexico would follow Spanish football closely. However, ranking as one of the cheapest places in the world to watch the English Premier League, and being one of the poorest economies on the list, it's a slight shock to see Mexicans paying more than £200 a year to follow La Liga, more than the likes of France, Canada, the UK and the US. This must be an indicator of the superior popularity of the brand in Latin America as compared to those other European and North American markets.
As is also the case with the Premier League, India is the cheapest place in the world to watch La Liga football. Fans can pay less than the equivalent of £10 a year to access the Spanish top flight via Sports 18. Meanwhile, huge economies in Singapore and the US are also in the bottom five on the list paying £80 a year or less.
Brits, Canadians and Australians all pay in the ballpark of £100 a year to watch La Liga which, given their average incomes and football heritage, is rather little.
The La Liga Price Index is full of fascinating nuances and stories which might surprise you. If you found this interesting, check out our Premier League Price Index and Bundesliga Price Index.
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