The 2015–16 La Liga season is also known as the Liga BBVA for sponsorship reasons. It is the 85th since its establishment. Barcelona are the defending champions in this season. The season was started on 22 August 2015 and will be ended on 15 May 2016.
A total of 20 teams will contest in the league, which includes 17 sides from the 2014–15 season and three promoted from the 2014–15 Segunda División. This will include the two top teams from the Segunda División.
Almería and Córdoba were relegated to 2015–16 Segunda División last season, after being two and one years, respectively in La Liga. Elche was administratively relegated despite finishing in the 13th position. Following the competition rules, Eibar, who finished in the 18th position, will remain in the league.
Real Betis was the first team from Segunda to achieve promotion after a one-year absence from La Liga on May 24, 2015 after winning 3–0 over Alcorcón.
Sporting Gijón promoted as second qualified on June 7, 2015, after winning 3–0 over Real Betis and taking advantage of the draw of Girona, who could not retain the promotion spot in the last match day. Sporting returned to the top level after 3 years.