Argentine Primera División
Argentine Primera Division
Country Flag of Argentina Argentina
Confederation CONMEBOL
Founded 1891
Number of teams 24
Relegation to Primera Nacional
Level on pyramid 1
Domestic cup(s) Copa Argentina, Supercopa Argentina
CONMEBOL cup(s) Copa Libertadores, Copa Sudamericana
Current champions Boca Juniors ( (2019–20)
Most successful club River Plate (36 titles)
TV Fox Sports Premium
TNT Sports (Argentina)
Website Official website
Football current event 2019–20

The Primera División (English: First Division), named Liga Profesional de Fútbol (English: Professional Football League) since 2020, is a professional football league in Argentina, organised by the Argentine Football Association (AFA).

The Primera División is the country's premier football division and is the top division of the Argentine football league system. It operates on a system of promotion and relegation with the Primera Nacional (Second Division), with the teams placed lowest at the end of the season being relegated.

With the first championship held in 1891, Argentina became the first country outside the United Kingdom (where the Football League had been debuted in 1888) to establish a football league. In the early years, only teams from Buenos Aires and Rosario were affiliated to the national association. Teams from other cities would join in later years.

The Primera División turned professional in 1931 when 18 clubs broke away from the amateur leagues to form a professional one. Since then, the season has been contested annually in four different formats and calendars.

The Argentine championship was ranked in the top 10 as one of the strongest leagues in the world (for 1 January 2015 – 31 December 2015 period) by the International Federation of Football History & Statistics (IFFHS). Argentina placed 4th after La Liga (Spain), Serie A (Italy), and Bundesliga (Germany).

Competition format

The season was contested by 24 teams. The season began on 26 July 2019 and was scheduled to end on 31 May 2020, featuring two tournaments: the Superliga and the Copa de la Superliga. In the Superliga, which was played from 26 July 2019 to 9 March 2020, each team played the other 23 teams in a single round-robin tournament. At the conclusion of the league season, the Primera División teams would take part in the Copa de la Superliga, in which they were sorted into two groups of 12 teams each. Unlike the previous season, in which only the league matches were considered for international tournaments qualification and relegation, in this season Copa de la Superliga first stage matches would also be taken into account, for a total of 34 games.

2019–20 seasons clubs

Club City Stadium Capacity
Aldosivi Mar del Plata José María Minella 35,354
Argentinos Juniors Buenos Aires Diego Armando Maradona 25,000
Arsenal Sarandí Julio Humberto Grondona 16,300
Atlético Tucumán Tucumán Monumental José Fierro 32,700
Banfield Banfield Florencio Sola 34,901
Boca Juniors Buenos Aires Alberto J. Armando 49,000
Central Córdoba (SdE) Santiago del Estero Alfredo Terrera 16,000
Colón Santa Fe Brigadier General Estanislao López 40,000
Defensa y Justicia Florencio Varela Norberto "Tito" Tomaghello 12,000
Estudiantes (LP) La Plata Ciudad de La Plata 53,000
Jorge Luis Hirschi 30,000
Gimnasia y Esgrima (LP) La Plata Juan Carmelo Zerillo 24,544
Godoy Cruz Godoy Cruz Malvinas Argentinas 40,268
Huracán Buenos Aires Tomás Adolfo Ducó 48,314
Independiente Avellaneda Libertadores de América 52,853
Lanús Lanús Ciudad de Lanús - Néstor Díaz Pérez 46,619
Newell's Old Boys Rosario Marcelo Bielsa 38,095
Patronato Paraná Presbítero Bartolomé Grella 22,000
Racing Avellaneda Presidente Perón 55,389
River Plate Buenos Aires Monumental Antonio Vespucio Liberti 70,074
Rosario Central Rosario Dr. Lisandro de la Torre 41,654
San Lorenzo Buenos Aires Pedro Bidegain 39,494
Talleres (C) Córdoba Mario Alberto Kempes 57,000
Unión Santa Fe 15 de Abril 22,852
Vélez Sarsfield Buenos Aires José Amalfitani 45,540

External links

Argentine Primera División 2019-20

Aldosivi · Argentinos Juniors · Arsenal · Atlético Tucumán · Banfield · Boca Juniors · Central Córdoba (SdE) · Colón · Defensa y Justicia · Estudiantes (LP) · Gimnasia y Esgrima (LP) · Godoy Cruz · Huracán · Independiente · Lanús · Newell's Old Boys · Patronato · Racing · River Plate · Rosario Central · San Lorenzo · Talleres (C) · Unión · Vélez Sarsfield

Primera División Argentina seasons

2016–17 · 2017–18 · 2018–19 · 2019–20 · 2020–21 ·

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