Liga Nacional de Fútbol Profesional de Honduras
Liga Salva Vida (Honduran National Professional Football League), commonly known as Liga Salva Vida (Liga Salva-Vida for sponsorship reasons) is the highest division of football in Honduras. The league season is divided into Opening (autumn) and Closing (spring). One team is relegated to the Liga de Ascenso (the team with fewest points in Opening and Closing) and one team is promoted from Liga de Ascenso. The top four clubs participate in play-offs to decide the champion. The winners of the Opening and Closing competitions participate in the CONCACAF Champions League. 
|Founded||10 May 1964|
|Number of teams||10|
|Level on pyramid||1|
|Relegation to||Liga de Ascenso|
|Domestic cup(s)||Honduran Cup|
|International cup(s)||CONCACAF Champions League|
|Current champions||Olimpia (31st)|
|Most championships||Olimpia (31)|
|TV partners||TVC, Canal 11, TDtv, Teleceiba|
|Current: 2020–21 Honduran Liga Nacional|
History of the LeagueEdit
In the 1930s, football experienced a surge in popularity in the country. In 1948 with the birth of the Francisco Morazán Major Football League, the idea to organize football began to take shape.
Olimpia, Federal, Motagua, Argentina and Real España are the pioneers of the Liga Mayor. In 1948 the first championship began in the recently inaugurated Estadio Tiburcio Carías Andino as Victoria were made champions by beating Motagua; and three years later, in 1951, they repeated the trick. Due to the high support the League received at this time, the Confederacy Sports School Extra of Honduras (F.N.D.E.H.) was founded.
The cancellation of the court of the Francisco Morazán Stadium of San Pedro Sula was the catalyst that caused the sport's leaders of the northern and central parts of Honduras to join forces and caused the disappearance of the F.N.D.E.H.
On 8 March 1951, Juan Manuel Galvez gave life to the F.N.D.E.H. when he signed the presidential decree I number 97 and he vouched for the execution of the first Sports Congress that was carried out in the installations of the abandoned "National Gymnasium Rubén Callejas Valentine".
A decade after the creation of the F.N.D.E.H. and under the leadership of Hémerito F. Hernández, and also under Féderico Bunker Aguilar who had pioneered CONCACAF's creation at the same time, the idea to create the First National League of Football took shape between 1962 and 1963. Thanks in part to the aid of executives such as Alejandro Talbott that had studied in Mexico, the structure of that country's league was copied. On Saturday 3 and Sunday 4 April 1964 the 15th National Congress created the league. The 15th National Congress also started the National Non Amateur Football League of Honduras, LINAFUTH, that was founded 10 May, that year.
The president of the Sports Confederacy was Oscar Kafati and the secretary was journalist Andrés Torres Jr. Several teams sent delegates. These included Olimpia, Troya, España, Honduras de El Progreso, Vida, Marathón, Motagua, La Salle, and Atlético Español Glidden. Those delegates were chosen to be to the first Provisional board of directors that remained headed by: President Oscar Lara Mejía, Secretary: José T. Castañeda, Treasurer: Jesus J. Handal, Fiscal: Humberto Soriano Aguilar and vocal: Oscar Kirckonell, Alfredo Bueso, René Bendeck.
The first round of the first professional national championship was on 18 July 1965, with the following results: Olimpia 3–0 Marathón; España 1–0 Troya; Honduras 3–0 Atlético Español; Vida 4–1 Motagua; and Platense 6–2 La Salle. Jorge "Burro" Deras of Honduras Progreso was the first scorer of the league in the 5th minute against Atlético Español. Platense was the first professional champion of Honduras winning the two rounds; and Atlético Español finished last, but there was no relegation. Enrique Fúnez was the first top-scorer with 14 goals.
|Honduras Progreso||El Progreso||Estadio Humberto Micheletti||5,000|
|Juticalpa||Juticalpa||Estadio Juan Ramón Brevé Vargas||20,000|
|Marathón||San Pedro Sula||Estadio Yankel Rosenthal||15,000|
|Motagua||Tegucigalpa||Estadio Tiburcio Carías Andino||35,000|
|Olimpia||Tegucigalpa||Estadio Tiburcio Carías Andino||35,000|
|Platense||Puerto Cortés||Estadio Excélsior||10,000|
|Real España||San Pedro Sula||Estadio Francisco Morazán||20,000|
|Real de Minas||Danlí||Estadio Marcelo Tinoco||5,000|
|UPNFM||Tegucigalpa||Estadio Tiburcio Carías Andino||35,000|
|Vida||La Ceiba||Estadio Nilmo Edwards||18,000|
Two tournaments per year with identical format, each crowning one champion:
- Apertura (Opening): from July to December
- Clausura (Closing): from January to May
10 clubs participating. The League format consist of a round-robin tournament with each club playing each other twice. The top six advance to the playoffs where the clubs ranked 3rd and 4th play in a home and away series against the clubs ranked 6th and 5th respectively. The playoff winners advance to the semifinals and play against the clubs ranked 1st and 2nd. The winners of the semifinals face in a double header to crown the champion.
Relegation is decided by the addition of both apertura and clausura tournament tables. The last team of the aggregated table is relegated to Liga de Ascenso de Honduras. Promotion is decided in Liga de Ascenso de Honduras. Up to 2004 the champions were awarded automatic promotion. Since then, the season was divided into apertura and clausura, where champions face each other to decide promotion.
- As of 2018–19 Apertura
- Bold players are still active
Statistics (1965–66 – present)Edit
Champions by yearEdit
Titles by club in professional eraEdit
Amateur Era + Professional EraEdit
At International competitionsEdit
List of Honduran Liga Nacional clubs in international competitions:
- Olimpia: 35 times (1962, 1967, 1968, 1970, 1971, 1972 Winners, 1973, 1976, 1983, 1985 Runners-up, 1987, 1988 Winners, 1989, 1990, 1994, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000 Runners-up, 2002, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008–09, 2009–10, 2010–11, 2011–12, 2012–13, 2013–14, 2014–15, 2015–16, 2016–17, 2018, 2020 ongoing)
- Copa Interamericana (Defunct)
- LINA.hn – BASES DEL CAMPEONATO Archived 19 July 2011 at the Wayback Machine
- CONCACAF.com – Qualifying 2011/2012 Archived 20 July 2011 at the Wayback Machine
- HondurasFutbol.com – Historia de la Liga Nacional Archived 12 July 2011 at the Wayback Machine
- HondurasFutbol.com – Inauguración del Estadio "Tiburcio Carías" Archived 12 July 2011 at the Wayback Machine
- La Liga cumplió 48 años Archived 15 October 2013 at Archive.today - La Tribuna (in Spanish)
- HondurasFutbol.com – Goleadores Archived 12 July 2011 at the Wayback Machine