The Spanish La Liga soccer table is decided over a 38-game season, with the 20 best football clubs in Spain competing for places in the La Liga standings.
Each season runs from August to the following May as the 20 teams play each other home and away in a round-robin format.
Three points are awarded for each win, one point for each side in the event of a draw and no points awarded for a defeat during the course of the season.
La Liga is one of the most popular sports leagues in the world in terms of attendance and its global reach, battling it out with the English Premier League for supremacy and leaving the Italian Serie A, German Bundesliga and French Ligue Un trailing.
Fixtures are largely played on Saturday and Sunday afternoons and evenings, with Friday night matches also a regular feature, boosted by TV coverage at home and abroad.
Midweek games take place on Tuesday and Wednesday nights in the top division of Spanish football.
Real Madrid and Barcelona are by far the most successful teams in the La Liga standings throughout the years, with their El Clasico derby one of the most watched soccer games on the planet whether played at the Camp Nou or the Santiago Bernabeu in the capital city.
The Galacticos and the Catalan giants have shared most of the spoils at the sharp end of the standings, but they’ve not had it all their own way.
Atletico Madrid, Athletic Bilbao and Valencia have also enjoyed success at the top of the La Liga table, as have the likes of Real Sociedad, Deportivo la Coruna, Sevilla and Real Betis.
Teams finishing in the top four of La Liga currently qualify for European competition the following season in the Uefa Champions League.
Places are also available in the next campaign’s Uefa Europa League further down the top half of the Spanish top tier standings.
The bottom three clubs in the table at the end of the La Liga season are relegated to the Segunda Division, replaced by the second tier champions, runners-up and the winners of the end of season play-offs.
With the likes of Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo and Neymar battling it out at the top of the standings in recent years, La Liga has become one of the hottest tables for football fans from all over the football world to follow.