Campeonato de Portugal (league)
The Campeonato de Portugal (Portuguese for Championship of Portugal) is the third-level football league in Portugal. It is the only semi-professional national league that is organized by the Portuguese Football Federation (FPF).
|Number of teams||72|
|Level on pyramid||3|
Terceira Liga (2021–future)
|Relegation to||Portuguese District Championships|
|Domestic cup(s)||Taça de Portugal|
|Current champions||Casa Pia (1st title)|
|Most championships||Mafra (2 titles)|
|TV partners||A Bola TV|
|2019–20 Campeonato de Portugal|
The competition was created in 2013 as Campeonato Nacional de Seniores (Seniors National Championship) to replace the Portuguese Second and Third Divisions (third and fourth tiers of the Portuguese football league system, respectively) for the 2013–14 season. On 22 October 2015, the competition was renamed Campeonato de Portugal, its current designation.
The FPF announced the creation of the Terceira Liga (Third League) as the new third level that will play in 2021–22, relegating the Campeonato de Portugal one level lower.
The first season was contested by a total of 80 clubs, which included 19 teams from the District Championships, 39 from the Portuguese Second Division, 19 from the Portuguese Third Division and three teams relegated from the Segunda Liga during the 2012–13 season. In 2017–18, the format consisted of five series of eighteen teams, arranged according to geographic criteria, with the exception of teams from Madeira (placed in the first series) and from the Azores (placed in the last two series). The competition played with four groups of 18 teams in 2018–19 and the curtailed 2019–20 season. It will be played with eight groups of 12 in 2020–21, then reduced to four of 15 next season.
Seasons - League TablesEdit
List of championsEdit
|Season||Championship Final||Promotion Play-off|
|Champions||Score||Runners-up||Final venue||Third-placed team||Score||Fourth-placed team|
|2013–14||Freamunde||3–2||Oriental||Estádio do Fontelo, Viseu||Vitória de Guimarães B||0–0, 2–0||Benfica e Castelo Branco|
|2014–15||Mafra||1–1 (a.e.t.), (4–3 p)||Famalicão||Estádio Municipal, Marinha Grande||Varzim||2–0, 1–1||Casa Pia|
|2015–16||Cova da Piedade||0–0 (a.e.t.), (2–0 p)||Vizela||Estádio Municipal, Abrantes||Fafe||1–0, 0–0||Casa Pia|
|2016–17||Real||2–0||Oliveirense||Estádio do Fontelo, Viseu||Merelinense and Praiense [A]|
|2017–18||Mafra||2–1||Farense||Estádio Nacional, Jamor||Not played.|
|2018–19||Casa Pia||2–2 (a.e.t.), (4–2 p)||Vilafranquense|
|2019–20||None||Cancelled during coronavirus disease pandemic.|
Performance by clubEdit
|Club||Winners||Runners-up||Winning seasons||Runner-up seasons|
|Cova da Piedade||1||0||2015–16||–|
- "FPF avança com 3.ª Liga em 2021/22 e cria megaplano para o Campeonato de Portugal" [FPF advances with 3rd League in 2021–22 and creates megaplan for the Championship of Portugal]. Record.pt (in Portuguese). 6 May 2020. Retrieved 22 May 2020.
- "FPF reformula quadro competitivo" [FPF reformulates competition system]. zerozero.pt (in Portuguese). ZOS, Lda. 19 March 2013. Retrieved 31 October 2015.
- "Regulamento – Campeonato Nacional de Seniores" [Regulations – Campeonato Nacional de Seniores] (PDF) (in Portuguese). FPF. 30 April 2015. Retrieved 31 October 2015.