Campeonato de Portugal (league)
The Campeonato de Portugal (Portuguese for "Championship of Portugal") is the third-level football league in the Portuguese football league system. It is a professional national league organized by the Portuguese Football Federation (FPF).
|Number of teams||56 (from 2021-22)|
|Level on pyramid||3 (to 2020–21)|
4 (from 2021–22)
|Promotion to||Liga Portugal 2 (to 2020–21)|
Liga 3 (from 2021–22)
|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|
|Current: 2020–21 Campeonato de Portugal|
The competition began in 2013 as the Campeonato Nacional de Seniores (Seniors National Championship), replacing both the Segunda Divisão and Terceira Divisão (the third and fourth tiers of the system, respectively). On 22 October 2015, the competition was renamed the Campeonato de Portugal, its current name.
The first season, 2013–14, was contested by a total of 80 clubs, which included 19 teams from the District Championships, 39 from the Segunda Divisão, 19 from the Terceira Divisão 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 has been played with eight groups of 12 in 2020–21, then it is to be reduced to four of 15 the 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||Abandoned due to COVID-19 pandemic.[b]|
Performance by clubEdit
|Club||Winners||Runners-up||Winning seasons||Runner-up seasons|
|Cova da Piedade||1||0||2015–16||–|
- "Conhecido o formato da Liga 3" (in Portuguese). Portuguese Football Federation. 8 April 2021. Retrieved 14 April 2021.
- "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.
- Official webpage (in Portuguese)