The next three editions of the Supercopa de Espana will be played in Saudi Arabia, with the competition to include four teams.
A new four-team format has been finalised for the Supercopa de Espana that will see the competition moved to Saudi Arabia for the next three years, the Royal Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) has confirmed.
RFEF president Luis Rubiales revealed a proposal to convert the season curtain-raiser into a mini-tournament in February this year.
Following confirmation of the revamp on Monday, the RFEF also revealed the historic first fixtures, with Real Madrid and Barcelona facing Valencia and Atletico Madrid, respectively, in the semi-finals, teeing up a potential Clasico finale on February 12.
Copa del Rey holders Valencia were particularly vocal in their opposition of the initial plans put forward by the RFEF, while many criticised the governing body for fraternising with a country that has a questionable human rights record.
But the RFEF has called the deal an “engine for social change” and confirmed women will be allowed “unrestricted access to the matches” and the launch of a women’s football competition in the region.
RFEF believe the internationalisation of the competition will improve its credibility and subsequently boost Spain’s bid to host the 2030 World Cup.