2020–21 Liga Nacional de Guatemala

The 2020–21 Liga Nacional de Guatemala season is the 23rd season of the Liga Nacional de Guatemala, the top football league in Guatemala, in which the Apertura and Clausura season is used. The season will begin in August 2020 and will end in May 2021.

Liga Nacional de Guatemala
Season2020–21
ChampionsApertura:
Guastatoya (3rd title)
Clausura:
Santa Lucía (1st title)
RelegatedSacachispas
Sanarate
CONCACAF LeagueGustatoya
Santa Lucía
Comunicaciones
Top goalscorerRamiro Rocca - 21 goals

Team informationEdit

Location of the 2019–20 Liga Nacional de Fútbol de Guatemala teams

A total of 12 teams will contest the league, including 10 sides from the 2019–20 Liga Nacional and 2 promoted from the 2019–20 Primera División.

Siquinalá and Mixco were relegated to 2020–21 Primera División the previous season.

The relegated team were replaced by the 2019–20 Primera División winners Achuapa and Sacachispas.

Promotion and relegationEdit

Promoted from Primera División de Ascenso as of August 2020.

Relegated to Primera División de Ascenso as of August 2020.

Personnel and sponsoringEdit

Team Chairman Head Coach Captain Kitmaker Shirt Sponsors
Achuapa   Francisco Zepeda   Sergio Pardo   Juliano Rangel NetSportswear Tigo, Domino’s
Antigua   Víctor Hugo García   Roberto Montoya   Jairo Arreola NetSportswear Tigo, TBD
Cobán Imperial   Irasema Meléndez   Ernesto Corti   Jorge Sotomayer NetSportswear Tigo, TBD
Comunicaciones   Juan Garcia   Mauricio Tapia   Michael Umaña Nino Tigo, Gatorade
Guastatoya   Léster Rodríguez   Willy Coito Olivera   Wilson Pineda NetSportswear Tigo, TBD
Iztapa   Mario Mejía   Ramiro Cepeda   Carlos Kamiani Félix TutoSport Tigo, TBD
Malacateco   Carlos Gutiérrez   Ronald Gomez   Sixto Betancourt Silver Sport Tigo, TBD
Municipal   Gerardo Villa   Sebastian Bini   Jose Mario Rosales Umbro Tigo, TBD
Sacachispas   Alexander Hernández   Diego Cerruti   Egidio Arévalo Ríos NetSportswear Tigo, TBD
Sanarate   Jahiro Otzoy   Matías Tatangelo   Orlando Moreira NetSportswear Tigo, TBD
Santa Lucía   Rodolfo Puertas   Mario Acevedo   Rafael da Roza TutoSport Tigo, TBD
Xelajú   Francisco Santos   Marcó Antonio Morales   Pablo Mignorance MR Tigo, Domino’s

Managerial changesEdit

Beginning of the seasonEdit

Team Outgoing manager Manner of departure Date of vacancy Replaced by Date of appointment Position in table
TBD   Resigned May 2019   TBD May 2019 th (Clausura 2018)

During the Apertura seasonEdit

Team Outgoing manager Manner of departure Date of vacancy Replaced by Date of appointment Position in table
Sacachispas   Erick Gonzalez Sacked October 2020   Alejandro Larrera October 2020 th (Clausura 2018)
Antigua GFC   Juan Antonio Torres Resigned November 2020   Jeff Korytoski [1] November 2020 th (Aperura 2018)
Deportivo Achuapa   Irbin Olivares Resigned November 2020   Marvin Ivan Leon November 2020 th (Clausura 2018)

Between Apertura and Clausura seasonsEdit

Team Outgoing manager Manner of departure Date of vacancy Replaced by Date of appointment Position in table
F.C. Santa Lucía Cotzumalguapa   Sergio Guevara Resigned December 2020   Mario Acevedo January 2021 th (Apertura 2020)
Sanarate   Gabriel Castillo Resigned December 2020   Matias Tatangelo January 2021 th (Apertura 2020)
Xelaju   Walter Claveri Sacked December 2020   Antonio Morales January 2021 th (Apertura 2020)

During the Clausura seasonEdit

Team Outgoing manager Manner of departure Date of vacancy Replaced by Date of appointment Position in table
Antigua GFC   Jeff Korytoski Resigned March 2021   Roberto Montoya March 2021 12th (Clausura 2021)

AperturaEdit

League tableEdit

Group AEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification or relegation
1 Comunicaciones 16 9 5 2 25 10 +15 32 Advance to Playoffs
(Final Series)
2 Malacateco 16 7 3 6 19 18 +1 24
3 Xelajú 16 6 3 7 17 22 −5 21 Advance to Playoffs
(Prem. Round)
4 Antigua GFC 16 5 5 6 21 23 −2 20
5 Iztapa 16 5 4 7 24 28 −4 19
6 Santa Lucía 16 4 4 8 12 17 −5 16
Source: Soccerway
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored.


Group BEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification or relegation
1 Municipal 16 10 3 3 33 11 +22 33 Advance to Playoffs
(Final Series)
2 Cobán Imperial 16 8 5 3 22 12 +10 29
3 Guastatoya 16 4 8 4 19 19 0 20 Advance to Playoffs
(Prem. Round)
4 Achuapa 16 5 4 7 17 21 −4 19
5 Sanarate 16 3 5 8 19 33 −14 14
6 Sacachispas 16 2 7 7 20 34 −14 13
Source: Soccerway
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored.


FinalsEdit

5 February 2021 Final Guastatoya 2–1 Municipal
01:00 Attendance: Closed gates
Referee: Bryan Lopez Castellano
8 February 2021 Final Municipal 1–1 Guastatoya
01:00 Attendance: Closed gates
Referee: Walter López Castellanos

ClausuraEdit

League tableEdit

Group AEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification or relegation
1 Comunicaciones 16 10 4 2 28 12 +16 34 Advance to Playoffs
(Final Series)
2 Malacateco 16 3 7 6 8 14 −6 16
3 Xelajú 16 3 8 5 14 15 −1 17 Advance to Playoffs
(Prem. Round)
4 Antigua GFC 16 2 7 7 15 26 −11 13
5 Iztapa 16 5 7 4 29 25 +4 22
6 Santa Lucía 16 6 6 4 13 13 0 24
Source: Soccerway
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored.


Group BEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification or relegation
1 Municipal 16 8 3 5 24 11 +13 27 Advance to Playoffs
(Final Series)
2 Cobán Imperial 16 5 8 3 20 17 +3 23
3 Guastatoya 16 7 7 2 23 10 +13 28 Advance to Playoffs
(Prem. Round)
4 Achuapa 16 4 2 10 16 27 −11 14
5 Sanarate 16 4 6 6 16 25 −9 18
6 Sacachispas 16 5 3 8 15 26 −11 18
Source: Soccerway
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored.


FinalsEdit

21 May 2021 Final Santa Lucía 4–0 Comunicaciones Cotzumalguapa
02:00 Diego Ruiz   12'
Romario da Silva   28'   88'
Isaac Acuna   38'
Nil Stadium: Estadio Municipal Santa Lucía Cotzumalguapa
Attendance: Closed gates
Referee: Walter López Castellanos
23 May 2021 Final Comunicaciones 5–2 Santa Lucía Guatemala City
08:00 Junior Lacayo   39'   53'   74'
Stheven Robles   49'
Nicolas Royon   47'
Thales Douglas Moreira Possas   90+2'
Nelson Miranda   90+4'
Stadium: Estadio Nacional Mateo Flores
Attendance: Closed gates
Referee: Mario Escobar


 Clausura 2021 winners: 
Santa Lucía
1st title

Aggerate League tableEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification or relegation
1 Comunicaciones 32 19 9 4 53 22 +31 66
2 Municipal 32 18 6 8 57 22 +35 60
3 Cobán Imperial 32 13 13 6 42 29 +13 52
4 Guastatoya 32 11 15 6 42 29 +13 48 CONCACAF League round of 16
5 Iztapa 32 10 11 11 53 53 0 41
6 Santa Lucía 32 10 10 12 25 30 −5 40
7 Malacateco 32 10 10 12 27 32 −5 40
8 Xelajú 32 9 11 12 31 37 −6 38
9 Antigua GFC 32 7 12 13 36 49 −13 33
10 Achuapa 32 9 6 17 33 48 −15 33
11 Sanarate 32 7 11 14 35 58 −23 32 Relegation play-offs
12 Sacachispas 32 7 10 15 35 60 −25 31 Relegated to Segunda División
Source:[citation needed]
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored.


List of foreign players in the leagueEdit

This is a list of foreign players in 2020-2021 season. The following players:

  1. have played at least one apertura game for the respective club.
  2. have not been capped for the Guatemala national football team on any level, independently from the birthplace. [2] Archived 2018-07-29 at the Wayback Machine

A new rule was introduced a few season ago, that clubs can only have five foreign players per club and can only add a new player if there is an injury or player/s is released.

External linksEdit