The Primera Categoría Serie B, shortened to Serie B or Primera B, is a professional football league in Ecuador. It is in the second tier of the Ecuadorian football league system. Currently contested by ten clubs, it operates a system of promotion and relegation with the top-flight Serie A and the bottom-level Segunda Categoría. The season runs from February to December in two stages. For sponsorship reasons, it is known as the LigaPro Banco Pichincha Pymes.

Primera Categoría Serie B
Founded1971
CountryEcuador
ConfederationCONMEBOL
Number of teams10
Level on pyramid2
Promotion toSerie A
Relegation toSegunda Categoría
Current championsMacará (5th title)
(2023)
Most championshipsTécnico Universitario
(6 titles)
WebsiteOfficial webpage
Current: 2023 Serie B season

Serie B has been in place since 1971 and has been held on a yearly basis since (except 1973 and 1983–88), often holding two tournaments a year. The number of teams being promoted or relegated changed through the years because, like the Serie A, the format often changes on a seasonal basis. With the creation of LigaPro for the beginning of the 2019 season, the format consisted of two separate round robin stages. The top four teams with the most points after both stages were placed in a playoffs to determine the two teams who would earn promotion to Serie A the following season. Additionally, the two teams with the fewest points at the end of the season are relegated to the Segunda Categoría.

Thirty two different clubs have won the Serie B, but only twelve have won it multiple times. The most successful team and current champion is Técnico Universitario, who won their sixth title in 2017.

Current teams edit

There are currently ten teams in the 2023 Serie B.

Club City Stadium Capacity
Macara Ambato Bellavista 38,258
Imbabura Salinas Christian Benítez 10,150
Cuniburo Santo Domingo Olímpico (Santo Domingo) 10,172
Manta FC Pelileo Ciudad de Pelileo 8,000
Independiente Juniors Sangolqui Rumiñahui 12,000
9 de Octubre Guayaquil Olímpico Atahualpa 38,258
Vargas Torres Esmeraldas Olímpico Atahualpa 38,258
Chacaritas Riobamba Gerardo León Pozo 3,171
America de Quito Quito Reales Tamarindos 21,000
Buhos ULVR Guayaquil Modelo Alberto Spencer Herrera 42,000

List of champions edit

Ed. Season Champion (title count) Runner-up
1
1971 Macará (1) Olmedo
2
1972 E1 LDU Portoviejo (1) Deportivo Quito
3
E2 Deportivo Cuenca (1) Universidad Católica
4
1974 E1 LDU Quito (1) América de Quito
5
E2 Aucas (1) Deportivo Quito
6
1975 Audaz Octubrino (1) 9 de Octubre
7
1976 E1 Carmen Mora (1) Deportivo Quito
8
E2 LDU Portoviejo (2) América de Quito
9
1977 E1 LDU Cuenca (1) Manta Sport
10
E2 Técnico Universitario (1) Deportivo Quito
11
1978 E1 Bonita Banana (1) Valdez
12
E2 América de Quito (1) LDU Quito
13
1979 E1 Manta Sport (1) Aucas
14
E2 El Nacional (1) Everest
15
1980 E1 Deportivo Quito (1) LDU Cuenca
16
E2 LDU Portoviejo (3) Deportivo Cuenca
17
1981 E1 Emelec (1) 9 de Octubre
18
E2 Técnico Universitario (2) LDU Portoviejo
19
1982 E1 Quevedo (1) Aucas
20
E2 Manta Sport (2) América de Quito
21
1989 E1 Delfín (1) Universidad Católica
22
E2 Juventus (1) River Plate Riobamba
23
1990 E1 Universidad Católica (1) LDU Portoviejo
24
E2 Juvenil (1) LDU Loja
25
1991 E1 Green Cross (1) LDU Portoviejo
26
E2 Aucas (2) ESPOLI
27
1992 E1 LDU Portoviejo (4) ESPOLI
28
E2 Santos (1) Calvi
29
1993 ESPOLI (1) LDU Portoviejo
30
1994 Olmedo (1) 9 de Octubre
31
1995 Deportivo Cuenca (2) Técnico Universitario
32
1996 Quevedo (2) Calvi
33
1997 Panamá (1) Delfín
34
1998 Macará (2) Audaz Octubrino
35
1999 Técnico Universitario (3) LDU Portoviejo
36
2000 LDU Portoviejo (5) Delfín
37
2001 LDU Quito (2) Deportivo Cuenca
38
2002 Técnico Universitario (4) Manta
39
2003 Olmedo (2) Macará
40
2004 Quevedo (3) LDU Loja
41
2005 A ESPOLI (2) Manta
42
C Macará (3) Universidad Católica
43
2006 E1 Deportivo Azogues (1) Universidad Católica
44
E2 Imbabura (1) Universidad Católica
45
2007 Universidad Católica (2) ESPOLI
46
2008 Manta (1) LDU Portoviejo
47
2009 Independiente del Valle (1) Universidad Católica
48
2010 LDU Loja (1) Imbabura
49
2011 Técnico Universitario (5) Macará
50
2012 Universidad Católica (3) Quevedo
51
2013 Olmedo (3) Mushuc Runa
52
2014 Aucas (3) River Ecuador
53
2015 Delfín (2) Fuerza Amarilla
54
2016 Macará (4) Clan Juvenil
55
2017 Técnico Universitario (6) Aucas
56
2018 Mushuc Runa (1) América de Quito
57
2019 Orense (1) LDU Portoviejo
58
2020 9 de Octubre (1) Manta
59
2021 Cumbayá (1) Gualaceo
60
2022 El Nacional (2) Libertad
61
2023 Macará (5) Imbabura

Titles by club edit

Club Titles Seasons won
Técnico Universitario 6 1977 E2, 1981 E2, 1999, 2002, 2011, 2017
LDU Portoviejo 5 1972 E1, 1976 E2, 1980 E2, 1992 E1, 2000
Macará 5 1971, 1998, 2005 C, 2016, 2023
Aucas 3 1974 E2, 1991 E2, 2014
Olmedo 3 1994, 2003, 2013
Quevedo 3 1982 E1, 1996, 2004
Universidad Católica 3 1990 E1, 2007, 2012
ESPOLI 2 1993, 2005 A
Delfín 2 1989 E1, 2015
Deportivo Cuenca 2 1972 E2, 1995
El Nacional 2 1979 E2, 2022
LDU Quito 2 1974 E1, 2001
Manta Sport 2 1979 E1, 1982 E2
9 de Octubre 1 2020
América de Quito 1 1978 E2
Audaz Octubrino 1 1975
Bonita Banana 1 1978 E1, 1976 E1
Cumbayá 1 2021
Deportivo Azogues 1 2006 E1
Deportivo Quito 1 1980 E1
Emelec 1 1981 E1
Green Cross 1 1991 E1
Imbabura 1 2006 E2
Independiente del Valle 1 2009
Juvenil 1 1990 E2
Juventus 1 1989 E2
LDU Cuenca 1 1977 E1
LDU Loja 1 2010
Manta 1 2008
Mushuc Runa 1 2018
Orense 1 2019
Panamá 1 1997
Santos 1 1992 E2

Titles by city edit

City Nº of titles Clubs
Quito 14 Aucas (3), Universidad Católica (3), El Nacional (2), ESPOLI (2), LDU Quito (2), América de Quito (1), Deportivo Quito (1)
Ambato 12 Técnico Universitario (6), Macará (5), Mushuc Runa (1)
Manta 6 Manta Sport (2), Delfín (2), Green Cross (1), Manta FC (1)
Portoviejo 5 LDU Portoviejo (5)
Cuenca 3 Deportivo Cuenca (2), LDU Cuenca (1)
Guayaquil 3 9 de Octubre (1), Emelec (1), Panamá (1)
Machala 3 Audaz Octubrino (1), Bonita Banana (1), Orense (1)
Riobamba 3 Olmedo (3)
Esmeraldas 2 Juvenil (1), Juventus (1)
Azogues 1 Deportivo Azogues (1)
Cumbayá 1 Cumbayá (1)
El Guabo 1 Santos (1)
Ibarra 1 Imbabura (1)
Loja 1 LDU Loja (1)
Pasaje 1 Carmen Mora (1)
Quevedo 1 Deportivo Quevedo (1)
Sangolquí 1 Independiente del Valle (1)

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