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RFEF approves changes to Copa del Rey and Supercopa despite league opposition

The Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) approved changes to both the Spanish Supercopa and the Copa del Rey on Monday in spite of opposition from the Spanish league.

The Spanish Supercopa will now be contested by four teams, including the LaLiga champions and Copa del Rey winners from the previous year, and played in January rather than at the start of the season.

The Copa del Rey, traditionally contested over two legs from the Round of 32 onwards, will be played as a single-match series in each round until the semi-finals.

The Spanish league has complained it was not involved in the discussions about the format change and voted last week to not support the changes.

The federation has argued the changes will reduce fixture congestion for the league’s clubs.

Last week RFEF president Luis Rubiales said the federation was also considering playing the reformatted Spanish Super Cup in Saudi Arabia. The move would prove controversial given the country’s human rights record and its alleged role in the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

The RFEF also approved changes to grow the profile of women’s football in Spain. The women’s league in the country will now have two divisions and a Super Cup will be created.