Porto Football Association
The Porto Football Association (Associação de Futebol do Porto, abrv. AF Porto) is the district governing body for the all football and futsal competitions in the Portuguese district of Porto. It is also the regulator of the clubs registered in the district.
|Founded||August 10, 1912|
|Number of teams||134|
36 (Division of Elite)
32 (Division of Honour)
32 (First Division)
34 (Second Division)
|Level on pyramid||4, 5, 6, 7|
|Promotion to||Campeonato de Portugal|
|Domestic cup(s)||Taça de Portugal|
Taça AF Porto
It was officially founded on August 10, 1912 by the initiative of F.C. Porto and Leixões S.C., who were immediately joined by many other clubs, including some from outside districts. Today it's the largest football district association in the country with 340 clubs and 19.796 athletes in all age categories, 750 referees and organises around 12.800 per season.
Below the Campeonato de Portugal (Portuguese third level) the competitions are organised at a district level (known in Portuguese as Distritais) with each District Association organising its competitions according to geographical and other factors. AF Porto runs a league competition with four divisions, at the fourth, fifth, sixth and seventh levels of the Portuguese football league system and a cup competition known as Taça AF Porto (since 2013–14). Taça AF Porto winners and Elite Division runner-ups earn a spot in the following season's Taça de Portugal.
Porto FA clubs in national leagues (2018–19)Edit
Currently there are 17 Porto FA clubs playing in the national leagues (first, second an third levels of the Portuguese football league system. Aves, Boavista, Leça, Leixões, Paços de Ferreira, Penafiel, Porto, Rio Ave, Salgueiros, Tirsense, Trofense, Varzim, the forerunners to Felgueiras and the defunct Académico do Porto have competed in Primeira Liga, which at 14 clubs is the highest total for a District Association.
Current Championships (2018–19)Edit
The AF Porto runs the following divisions:
List of championsEdit
|Club won the Porto Championship|
- "AFP - Sobre a Instituição" (in Portuguese). Retrieved 3 March 2019.
- "Portugal - Regional Championships - RSSSF". Paulo Martins and João Nunes for the Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation. Retrieved 1 April 2012.
- Espinho is a club from the Aveiro District but its football association was only created in 1924.
- The Second Division championship final between F.C. Cerco do Porto and Aliança F.C. de Gandra was nullified due fans invading the pitch in the first leg.
- "AFP - Galeria de Campeões (until 2015)" (PDF) (in Portuguese). Retrieved 4 March 2019.
- Portuguese District Football Associations
- Portuguese football competitions
- List of football clubs in Portugal
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