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Primera Divisió

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Country  Andorra
Founded  1995
Level on pyramid  1
Confederation  UEFA
Number of teams  8
Relegation to  Segona Divisió

The Lliga Nacional de Fútbol, also known as Primera Divisió (First Division) or Campionat de Lliga, is the top football league for the country of Andorra. The league is a semi-professional league: all of the clubs and the majority of the players are part-time.

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The league was launched in 1995 sponsored by the local federation (Andorran Football Federation) which was created just one year before, in 1994. Until then the clubs played since 1970 an amateur league without a structure or affiliation with any official institution. After the UEFA and FIFA affiliation in 1996 the Andorran clubs are able to compete in the UEFA competitions. Until 2015 the league was known as Lliga Grup Becier. It was renamed in 2016 as Lliga Grup Sant Eloi for sponsorship reasons.

All the teams in the league play in the same stadiums owned by the federation. The same occurs in all other Andorran competitions, such as Copa Constitució and Supercopa.

FC Andorra, one of the major clubs in the country based in Andorra la Vella have never played in this league. They play in the Spanish league system, because they are registered with the Royal Spanish Football Federation, but the team is mostly composed of players with Andorran nationality.

League System

The eight clubs that play in the league play each other twice in the same venue. After the first 14 rounds, the best four teams play a competition between them to decide the Andorran champion (play off per al títol), while the other four play to avoid relegation (play off pel descens). The last placed of the relegation round is relegated to Segona Divisió, the second highest football league in Andorra, while the penultimate classified play a two-legged relegation play-off against the runners-up of Segona Divisió. The number of teams of Primera Divisió has changed throughout the league's history:

  • 1995–96: 10 clubs
  • 1996–97: 12 clubs
  • 1997–98: 11 clubs
  • 1998–99: 12 clubs
  • 1999–00: 7 clubs
  • 2000–02: 8 clubs
  • 2002–03: 9 clubs
  • 2003–present: 8 clubs
  • Qualification for European competitions

    The winner of the league win a place in the UEFA Champions League while the runners-up of the league and the Cup winner win a place in the UEFA Europa League.

    Stadiums

    The Andorran Football Federation organizes the matches of Primera Divisió and Segona Divisió in the stadiums owned by the local federation. Also the federation distributes the stadiums and fields for the training sessions for each team. Since the 2016–17 season, FC Encamp is the only club that has its own stadium (✚), located in Prada de Moles (Camp de Futbol d'Encamp).

    Winners

    a: The Andorran Football Federation counts as an official title the 1994-95 amateur league season.

    Performance by club

    Bold: indicates clubs currently playing in the top division.
    a: Club currently out of competition.
    b: Club dissolved.
    c: Founder members that have never been relegated from Primera Divisió.

    All-time Primera Divisió table

    The All-time Primera Divisió table is an overall record of all match results, points, and goals of every team that has played since its inception in 1995. The table is accurate as of the end of the 2015–16 season. Teams in bold are part of the 2015–16 Primera Divisió. Play-offs games are not included.

    League or status at 2016–17 season:

    References

    Primera Divisió Wikipedia


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