Liga Dominicana de Fútbol

The Liga Dominicana de Fútbol is the first professional football league in Dominican Republic, it was launched in March 2015.[1] For sponsorship reasons it is known as LDF Banco Popular.[2]

Liga Dominicana de Fútbol
CountryDominican Republic
Number of teams9
Level on pyramid1
Domestic cup(s)Copa Dominicana de Fútbol
International cup(s)CONCACAF Champions Cup
Current championsCibao F.C. (2022)
Most championshipsCibao F.C. (3 titles)
Current: 2023 Liga Dominicana de Fútbol

History Edit

Prior to the league's establishment, football in the Dominican Republic was only played in a semi-pro level.

To address the issue and to raise the status of football in the country, the Dominican Football Federation has decided to implement the idea of a new professional league in the country, to attract more people into the sport. Thus, the Liga Dominicana de Fútbol was approved, as an attempt to raise the country's football profile. The first season began in 2014.[3]

Competition format Edit

In the first three installments, each team played 18 matches in the regular season with the 4 teams with most points qualifying for the playoffs. The champion was decided in a single-legged final.

The 2018 season wil grew from 10 to 12 teams with the arrival of San Francisco de Macoris (Atlético) and Bayaguana (Inter). Since Delfines from the Eastern part of the country joined, the LDF now have a team in each of the seven provinces and the National District, and the only professional league with a team in the South region San Cristóbal.

The tournament will feature 132 regular series matches. Each team will play 22 games in the regular phase (instead of the 18 of the first three editions), the six highest scoring will advance to the second phase, where they will play one against all in a round. The best four will advance to a semi-final with round-trip matches and the winners will play the championship in a single match, which extends the league calendar to 152 matches from 95 in 2017.

As a novelty, the LDF 2018 season will have a national and international television transmission chain that will bring to the small screen 60 matches at the local level and a number of meetings to be defined that will be taken to at least five nations of the region, including the United States and Mexico

The 2019 tournament of the Liga Dominicana de Futbol will start with 12 teams. The event will be developed with a new format, each of the twelve clubs can have up to 6 foreign players on their payroll.

The new format includes an "Apertura" and a "Clausura" tournament, both will be played one round and has been agreed with the twelve clubs and also with CONCACAF. The "Apertura" will have a semifinal with the four best teams and then a final, as well as the "Clausura".

Then the champion of each tournament will compete to win the qualification to the CONCACAF championship tournament. Another club will qualify for the CONCACAF tournament, accumulating the most points in both tournaments.

Teams Edit

Team City Stadium (capacity) Founded First
Head coach
Cibao FC Santiago Estadio Cibao FC (10,000) 2014 2015   Jorge Alfonso
Jarabacoa FC Jarabacoa Estadio Olímpico (La Vega) (7,000) 2017 2018   Luis Ceara
Moca FC Moca Estadio Complejo Deportivo Moca 86 (2,000) 1971 2015   Ronald Batista
Atlántico FC Puerto Plata Estadio Leonel Plácido (2,000) 2014 2015   Lenín José Bastidas Bello
Atlético San Cristóbal San Cristóbal Estadio Panamericano (3,000) 2014 2015   Froilán Hidalgo
Delfines Del Este La Romana Estadio Municipal La Romana (1,200) 2014 2015   Juan Carlos Gastón
O&M FC Santo Domingo Estadio Olímpico Félix Sánchez (27,000) 2010 2015   Martín Arriola
Atlético Pantoja Santo Domingo Estadio Olímpico Félix Sánchez (27,000) 1999 2015   Orlando Capellino
Atlético Vega Real La Vega Estadio Olímpico (La Vega) (7,000) 2014 2015   Jose Rodriguez

Former Teams Edit

Team City Stadium (capacity) First
Head coach Record W/T/L
Bauger FC Santo Domingo Estadio Olímpico Félix Sánchez (27,000) 2015 2017 Jorge Rolando Baguer 24/06/24

Champions Edit

Results by year
Year Playoff Champions
Regular Season
(Regular Season)
Runner-up Top Scorer(s) Top Scorer's Club Goals
2015 Pantoja Bauger Atlántico FC Jonathan Faña Bauger 17
2016 Barcelona Atlético Barcelona Atlético Cibao Anderson Arias Club Barcelona Atlético 11
2017 Atlántico FC Cibao FC Atlético Pantoja Armando Maita, Mauro Gomez, Woodensky Cherenfant Club Atlético Pantoja, Atlántico FC, Cibao FC 10
2018 Cibao FC Atlético de San Francisco Atlético de San Francisco Fredys Arrieta Atlético de San Francisco 18
2019 Atlético Pantoja Cibao FC Cibao FC Pablo Marisi Club Atlético Pantoja 13
2020 O&M FC Cibao FC, O&M FC Delfines del Este FC Daniel Jamesley O&M FC 7
2021 Cibao FC Cibao FC Atlético Vega Real Juan David Díaz Sánchez Atlético Pantoja 18
2022 Cibao FC Cibao FC Atlético Pantoja Gustavo Azcona Moca FC 14

Most goals Edit

Place Player Country Team (s) Goals
1 Anderson Arias   Venezuela Atlántico FC (2015)
Club Barcelona Atlético (2016)
O&M FC (2017)

Atletico San Francisco

2 Pablo Marsini   Argentina Atlantico FC (2017)
Cibao FC (2018)
Club Atlético Pantoja (2019)
3 Domingo Peralta   Dominican Republic Cibao FC (2015-2017)

Moca FC (2019)
Atletico Vega Real (2020-)

4 Daniel Jamesley   Haiti Jarabacoa FC (2018)


5 Charles Herold Jr.   Haiti Cibao FC (2015-) 36
6 Luis Espinal   Dominican Republic Club Atlético Pantoja (2015-2019)
Cibao FC (2021-)
Moca FC
7 Jonathan Faña   Dominican Republic Bauger FC (2015)
Cibao FC (2016)
Moca FC (2017)
Club Atlético Pantoja (2018)
8 Sam Colson   Haiti Cibao FC (2015-2017)
Atletico San Cristobal (2018)
Atletico Vega Real (2018)
Atlético San Cristobal)
9 Berthame Dine   Haiti Atlántico FC (2015)
Atlético Vega Real (2016-)
10 Bony Pierre   Haiti Bauger FC (2015-2016)
Club Barcelona Atlético (2017-)

Stadiums and locations Edit

Current LDF stadiums Edit

Atlántico FC Atlético San Cristóbal Atlético Vega Real Jarabacoa FC
Estadio Leonel Plácido Estadio Panamericano Estadio Olímpico (La Vega) Estadio Olímpico (La Vega)
Capacity: 2,000 Capacity: 3,000 Capacity: 7,000 Capacity: 7,000
Club Atlético Pantoja Club Barcelona Atlético Delfines Del Este Moca FC
Estadio Olímpico Félix Sánchez Estadio Olímpico Félix Sánchez Estadio Municipal La Romana Estadio Complejo Deportivo Moca 86
Capacity: 27,000 Capacity: 27,000 Capacity: 1,200 Capacity: 2,000
Cibao FC Universidad O&M FC Inter RD Atlético San Francisco
Estadio Cibao FC Estadio Olímpico Félix Sánchez Complejo deportivo de Bayaguana Olímpico de San Francisco de Macoris
Capacity: 10,000 Capacity: 27,000 Capacity: 1,800 Capacity: 500
Pantoja FC
Estadio Leonel Plácido
Capacity: 2,000

References Edit

  1. ^ "Dominican Republic launches professional league". CONCACAF. 10 March 2015. Archived from the original on 30 March 2015. Retrieved 25 March 2015.
  2. ^ "Banco Popular y la Federación Dominicana de Fútbol firman alianza estratégica" (in Spanish). El Nuevo Diario. 23 March 2015. Retrieved 25 March 2015.
  3. ^ "Liga Mayor de Futbol Republica Dominicana Inicia Hoy Con 12 Equipos".

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