The La Liga is the top level of Spain’s professional soccer (football) league and is considered to be one of greatest professional leagues in the world. The La Liga is also known as the Primera División and the Primera Liga. The second level is known as the Segunda División A, while the lower amateur levels are Segunda División B and Tercera División. The La Liga encompasses all of the aforementioned leagues; however, La Liga is commonly used to refer to only the top level, the Primera División.
The La Liga’s season occurs from September to June with a champion being crowned at the end of the year. By far the most dominate team throughout the history of the La Liga has been Real Madrid with 30 championships including the 2007 title. FC Barcelona has also had a very successful history with 18 championships including the 2006 title. The top four teams in the La Liga qualify for the UEFA Champions League while both the fifth and sixth teams are invited to the UEFA Cup.
The bottom three teams at the end of the year are relegated (demoted) to Segunda División A. Therefore, the top three teams at the end of the year from Segunda División A are promoted to the La Liga.