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The 2018 Liga Dominicana de Fútbol season (known as the LDF Banco Popular for sponsorship reasons) is the fourth season of professional football in the Dominican Republic. Atlántico FC are the reigning champions having won this first title last season. The season started on 7 April 2018 and ended on 27 October 2018.[1]

Liga Dominicana de Fútbol
Season2018
ChampionsCibao FC
2019 CFU Club ChampionshipCibao FC
Atlético de San Francisco
Matches played152
Goals scored424 (2.79 per match)
Biggest home winAtlético San Cristóbal 8-0 Delfines del Este FC
Biggest away winAtlético Vega Real 0-8 Atlético de San Francisco
Highest scoringUniversidad O&M F.C. 5-4 Cibao FC
Moca FC 8-1 Delfines del Este FC
2017
2019

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Team changesEdit

While there is no promotion or relegation involving this league, there were changes to the composition of the league from last season. Bauger FC have left the league following last season. Meanwhile, three new teams have joined the league: Jarabacoa FC, Inter RD, and Atlético de San Francisco. Thus, the league now has 12 teams in total.

Format changesEdit

The format of the competition has changed for this season. The regular season will still consist of a double round robin between the participating teams. After this, a Liguilla round will be played between the top six finishers of the regular season, with a single round robin between the teams. The top 4 finishers of this phase will move on to the knockout phase of the playoffs, where the champion will be decided. The top team at the end of the regular season along with the playoff champion will qualify for the 2019 Caribbean Club Championship.

Stadia and locationsEdit

Regular seasonEdit

The regular season began on 7 April 2018 and ended on 26 August 2018. The regular season winner qualified for the 2019 Caribbean Club Championship.

Regular season tableEdit

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Qualification or relegation
1 Atlético de San Francisco 22 15 3 4 48 21 +27 48 Liguilla and 2019 Caribbean Club Championship
2 Cibao FC 22 14 4 4 49 25 +24 46 Liguilla
3 Club Atlético Pantoja 22 14 3 5 31 20 +11 45
4 Moca FC 22 11 5 6 35 26 +9 38
5 Atlético Vega Real 22 10 6 6 32 20 +12 36
6 Universidad O&M F.C. 22 10 6 6 37 30 +7 36
7 Atlántico FC 22 9 8 5 26 24 +2 35
8 Jarabacoa FC 22 7 4 11 29 30 −1 25
9 Delfines del Este FC 22 4 8 10 18 47 −29 20
10 Atlético San Cristóbal 22 3 8 11 28 39 −11 17
11 Inter RD 22 2 4 16 14 43 −29 10
12 Club Barcelona Atlético 22 1 5 16 17 39 −22 8

Source:[citation needed]
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) fewer games lost; 3) Head-to-head points; 4) Head-to-head goal difference; 5) Head-to-head goals scored; 6) goal difference; 7) goals scored
(C) = Champion; (R) = Relegated; (P) = Promoted; (E) = Eliminated; (O) = Play-off winner; (A) = Advances to a further round.
Only applicable when the season is not finished:
(Q) = Qualified to the phase of tournament indicated; (TQ) = Qualified to tournament, but not yet to the particular phase indicated; (RQ) = Qualified to the relegation tournament indicated; (DQ) = Disqualified from tournament.

Regular season resultsEdit

Home \ Away ATL ASC ASF AVR CIB CAP CBA DDE IRD JAR MOC UOM
Atlántico FC 1–0 1–0 0–1 1–1 1–2 1–1 0–0 4–0 1–0 1–1 1–0
Atlético San Cristóbal 2–2 2–5 0–3 2–6 0–0 3–1 8–0 1–1 1–1 0–2 0–0
Atlético de San Francisco 5–1 3–0 1–2 3–3 3–2 2–0 3–0 2–0 2–1 2–3 2–1
Atlético Vega Real 2–3 1–0 2–3 0–1 0–1 2–0 3–0[a] 1–1 1–1 2–1 1–1
Cibao FC 4–2 3–2 1–2 1–1 4–0 4–1 1–0 2–0 3–1 1–2 2–2
Club Atlético Pantoja 2–0 2–0 0–0 0–0 3–2 1–0 2–0 3–1 0–2 1–0 2–3
Club Barcelona Atlético 1–2 0–0 0–1 1–3 0–1 0–1 2–2 4–1 2–2 0–1 0–1
Delfines del Este FC 1–1 1–1 0–0 3–2 0–4 0–1 2–0 1–0 3–0 0–0 0–4
Inter RD 0–1 2–1 0–1 1–1 1–2 2–4 2–0 0–0 0–2 0–3 1–3
Jarabacoa FC 0–1 1–2 0–1 1–0 1–2 1–0 3–2 4–1 4–0 0–0 0–2
Moca FC 0–0 2–2 0–6 0–3 0–1 1–2 2–0 8–1 2–1 1–0 2–1
Universidad O&M F.C. 1–1 2–1 2–1 0–1 1–0 0–2 2–2 3–3 1–0 5–4 2–4
Source: RSSSF
Colours: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.
  1. ^ The match between Atlético Vega Real and Delfines del Este FC on 28 July was awarded to Atlético Vega Real 3-0 as Delfines del Este FC did not show up due to a player strike.

LiguillaEdit

The top 6 teams from the regular season participated in a single round robin tournament to determine who qualifies for the championship playoffs. The liguilla started on 1 September 2018 and ended on 30 September 2018.

Ligilla tableEdit

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Qualification or relegation
1 Cibao FC 5 2 2 1 10 6 +4 8 Championship playoffs
2 Atlético de San Francisco 5 2 2 1 4 3 +1 8
3 Atlético Vega Real 5 2 2 1 5 8 −3 8
4 Club Atlético Pantoja 5 2 1 2 7 7 0 7
5 Universidad O&M F.C. 5 1 1 3 8 8 0 4
6 Moca FC 5 0 4 1 4 6 −2 4

Source:[citation needed]
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) fewer games lost; 3) Head-to-head points; 4) Head-to-head goal difference; 5) Head-to-head goals scored; 6) goal difference; 7) goals scored
(C) = Champion; (R) = Relegated; (P) = Promoted; (E) = Eliminated; (O) = Play-off winner; (A) = Advances to a further round.
Only applicable when the season is not finished:
(Q) = Qualified to the phase of tournament indicated; (TQ) = Qualified to tournament, but not yet to the particular phase indicated; (RQ) = Qualified to the relegation tournament indicated; (DQ) = Disqualified from tournament.

Liguilla resultsEdit

Home \ Away ASF AVR CIB CAP MOC UOM
Atlético de San Francisco 0–1
Atlético Vega Real 1–1 0–5
Cibao FC 1–1 1–1 1–2
Club Atlético Pantoja 0–1 1–2 2–2
Moca FC 1–1 0–2 0–0
Universidad O&M F.C. 0–1 2–5 1–2
Updated to match(es) played on unknown. Source: RSSSF
Colours: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

Championship playoffsEdit

The top 4 finishers of the Liguilla qualify for this phase. These matches began on 6 October 2018 and ended on 27 October 2018.

  Semifinals Final
                     
1 Cibao FC 3 3 6  
4 Club Atlético Pantoja 2 2 4  
    1 Cibao FC 1
  2 Atlético de San Francisco 0
2 Atlético de San Francisco 8 2 10
3 Atlético Vega Real 0 1 1  

SemifinalsEdit

The first legs were played on 6 and 7 October 2018 and the second legs were played on 20 and 21 October 2018.

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Club Atlético Pantoja 4–6 Cibao FC 2–3 2–3
Atlético Vega Real 1–10 Atlético de San Francisco 0–8 1–2

FinalsEdit

Tha final was played on 27 October 2018.

Team 1  Score  Team 2
Cibao FC 1–0 Atlético de San Francisco

ReferencesEdit