The 2020/21 eLaLiga Santander season got underway on 12 January 2021 and matches will take place on a regular scheduled basis over five exciting and emotionally charged months, lasting until May.
The eLaLiga Santander clubs have been divided into two groups, which will meet to compete twice a week over 10 weeks. Each day will consist of five rounds and in each of these rounds four games will be played simultaneously, making a total of 20 games per day. The first matchdays will be played online, with all of the matches to be broadcast through eLaLiga Santander’s digital channels, while in the latter stages the matches will potentially be face-to-face, depending on pandemic restrictions.
In April, eLaLiga Santander will take a break from its regular season for the eLaLiga Santander Cup, an event in which the top eight teams in the competition at that point in the campaign will face each other over the weekend of April 3 and 4. After this break, the regular season will resume on April 15 for the next two weeks, until April 21, when the 16 teams who will reach the Grand Final of eLaLiga Santander 2020/21 will be determined. It promises to be quite the show, full of surprises from which on the second weekend in May only one winner will emerge.
This season, eLaLiga Santander will distribute more than €300,000 (R5.5 million) in prizes, of which €250,000 (R4.6 million) will be distributed in the Grand Final show, with €100,000 (R1.8 million) for the outright winner. In addition, in the eLaLiga Santander Cup, players will compete for two days to win the €50,000 (R930 000) earmarked for the victor. The prize pool represents a huge incentive for players to compete, with it being one of the biggest competitive gaming prize pools in Spanish history and the largest of any Official League Qualifier in the EA SPORTS FIFA 21 Global Series.
Fans will be able to follow the daily goings-on of the competition through the eLaLiga channels on Twitter, Instagram, YouTube and Twitch, along with EA Sports’ Twitter and Instagram accounts, while the event itself can also be followed live on LaLigaSportsTV. In addition, all of the information surrounding the competition can be followed through the hashtag #eLaLigaSantander.