Primera C Metropolitana

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The Primera C Metropolitana is one of the two professional leagues that form the fourth level of the Argentine football league system. Primera C Metropolitana is made up of 20 clubs mainly from the city of Buenos Aires and its metropolitan area (Greater Buenos Aires).

Primera C Metropolitana
Founded1900; 121 years ago (1900) [1]
Country Argentina
Number of teams19 (2019-20)
Level on pyramid4
Promotion toPrimera B Metropolitana
Relegation toPrimera D Metropolitana
Domestic cup(s)Copa Argentina
Current championsCañuelas
Most championshipsColegiales (6 titles)
TV partnersTyC Sports

The other league at level four is the Torneo Federal B, where teams from regional leagues take part.


Primera C Metropolitana is currently organised into two league tournaments, the Apertura (opening) and the Clausura (closing). Each team plays every other team once in the Apertura, and then once again at the reverse venue in the Clausura.

The winners of the two league titles are recognised as champions. However, the overall championship is decided with an end of season playoff. The overall champion is promoted to Primera B Metropolitana. The teams finishing 2nd to 8th enter a playoff series to determine which team will play in a promotion/relegation playoff against the 2nd lowest finishing team from Primera B Metropolitana.

The team that finishes with the worst aggregate points total is automatically relegated to Primera D. The team with the 2nd worst aggregate points total plays a promotion/relegation playoff with the winner of the Primera D playoff series. And the winner then competes in Primera C Metropolitana the following season.


Originally named "Tercera División" (third division), the first championship was held in 1900, being won by Buenos Aires English High School.[1] With the creation of División Intermedia in 1911, the division became the fourth level.

In 1944 its name changed to "Primera Amateur", which lasted to 1962, when the tournament was renamed "Primera C Metropolitana",[2] which has remained to date.

Since the new restructuring of the league system in 1985, the division has become the fourth category of Argentine football (lower than Primera División, Primera B Nacional and Primera B Metropolitana).

Current teams (2019-20 season)Edit

Club City Area/Region Stadium
Argentino (M) Merlo Greater Buenos Aires Estadio del Argentino de Merlo
Berazategui Berazategui Greater Buenos Aires Norman Lee
Cañuelas Cañuelas Buenos Aires Province José Jorge Arin
Central Córdoba Rosario Santa Fe Province Gabino Sosa
Deportivo Español Parque Avellaneda Buenos Aires Nueva España
Deportivo Merlo Merlo Buenos Aires Province José Manuel Moreno
Dock Sud Dock Sud Greater Buenos Aires Estadio de Los Inmigrantes
El Porvenir Gerli Greater Buenos Aires Gildo Francisco Ghersinich
Excursionistas Belgrano Buenos Aires Excursionistas
General Lamadrid Villa Devoto Buenos Aires Province Enrique Sexto
Ituzaingó Ituzaingó Greater Buenos Aires Carlos Alberto Sacaan
Laferrere Lafèrrere Greater Buenos Aires Ciudad de Laferrere
Leandro N. Alem General Rodríguez Buenos Aires Province Leandro N. Alem
Luján Luján Buenos Aires Province Estadio Municipal de Luján
Midland Libertad Greater Buenos Aires Ciudad de Libertad
Real Pilar Pilar Greater Buenos Aires Carlos Barraza
San Martín (B) Burzaco Greater Buenos Aires Francisco Boga
Sportivo Italiano Ciudad Evita Greater Buenos Aires República de Italia
Victoriano Arenas Valentin Alsina Buenos Aires Province Saturnino Moure

List of championsEdit

Season Champion Runner-up Third Place
1900 English High School [note 1] [note 2]
1901 Alumni III [note 1]
1902 Lomas Juniors
1903 Estudiantes (BA) III "C" [note 1]
1904 Estudiantes (BA) III "B" [note 1]
1905 Alumni III [note 1]
1906 Gimnasia y Esgrima (BA)
1907 Atlanta
1908 Banfield
1909 Ferro Carril Oeste II [note 1]
1910 Instituto Americano [note 3]
1911 Racing [note 1]
1912 Boca Juniors III [note 1]
1912 FAF [note 4] Gimnasia y Esgrima (BA) III
1913 Libertarios Unidos
1913 FAF Solís
1914 Libertarios Unidos
1914 FAF Vélez Sársfield
1915 Boca Juniors A [note 1]
1916 Porteño A [note 1]
1917 San Lorenzo [note 5]
1918 Independiente [note 5]
1919 Almagro
1919 AAm [3] Racing [note 1]
1920 Huracán [note 1]
1920 AAm Estudiantil Porteño
1921 Nueva Chicago
1921 AAm Almagro
1922 Sportivo Monserrat
1922 AAm Vélez Sársfield
1923 Boca Juniors [note 1]
1923 AAm Platense
1924 Dock Sud
1924 AAm Platense
1925 Palermo
1925 AAm Sportivo Alsina
1926 Los Andes
1926 AAm Platense
1927 Independiente A [note 1]
1928 Liberal Argentino
1929 Racing [note 1]
1930 Almagro A [note 1]
1931 Excursionistas
1931 LAF [note 6] 25 de Mayo
1932 LAF
(Not held)
1932 Sportivo Alsina
1933 LAF
(Not held)
1933 Sportivo Alsina III [note 1]
1934 LAF
(Not held)
1934 Excursionistas III [note 1]
1935 Progresista 25 de Mayo Unión de Caseros
1936 Sportivo Alsina Boulogne
1937 Acassuso Los Andes Florida,[note 7] Progresista [note 7]
1938 Los Andes Sportivo Palermo Sportivo Alsina
1939 Boulogne Nueva Chicago Sportivo Alsina
1940 Nueva Chicago Sportivo Alsina Central Argentino
1941 Sportivo Alsina J. J. de Urquiza Liniers
1942 Estudiantes (BA) Liniers Barracas Central
1943 El Porvenir Sportivo Alsina Barracas Central
1944 Barracas Central Argentino (Q) San Telmo
1945 Argentino (Q) Colegiales San Telmo
1946 All Boys Colegiales Sportivo Alsina
1947 Colegiales Barracas Central San Telmo
1948 Barracas Central Acassuso J. J. de Urquiza
1949 San Telmo J. J. de Urquiza Acassuso
1950 All Boys Tiro Federal Argentino (R)
1951 Tiro Federal Central Córdoba (R) Argentino (R)
1952 Central Córdoba (R) Colegiales El Porvenir
1953 Defensores de Belgrano Flandria San Telmo
1954 El Porvenir Colegiales Flandria
1955 Colegiales Tiro Federal Argentino (R)
1956 San Telmo Los Andes Tiro Federal
1957 Los Andes Defensores de Belgrano Barracas Central
1958 Defensores de Belgrano Argentino (Q) Almirante Brown
1959 Deportivo Morón Argentino (Q) Almirante Brown
1960 Deportivo Español Almirante Brown Cambaceres
1961 San Telmo Colón Talleres (RE)
1962 Sportivo Italiano Villa Dálmine Defensores de Belgrano
1963 Villa Dálmine All Boys Almagro
1964 Arsenal Cambaceres Almirante Brown
1965 Almirante Brown Estudiantes (BA) Fénix
1966 Estudiantes (BA) General Mitre Liniers
(No champion crowned)
1968 Comunicaciones J. J. de Urquiza Colegiales
1969 Comunicaciones Central Córdoba (R) Talleres (RE)
1970 Talleres (RE) Argentino (Q) Sarmiento (J)
1971 Almagro Tigre Argentino (R)
1972 Defensores de Belgrano Flandria Sarmiento (J)
1973 Central Córdoba Dock Sud Excursionistas
1974 Sportivo Italiano Sarmiento (J) Villa Dálmine
1975 Villa Dálmine El Porvenir Argentino (Q)
1976 Deportivo Armenio Argentino (Q) Excursionistas
1977 Sarmiento (J) Deportivo Español Deportivo Riestra
1978 Talleres (RE) Deportivo Morón Deportivo Español
1979 Deportivo Español Deportivo Morón Lanús
1980 Deportivo Morón Central Córdoba (R) Lanús
1981 Lanús Chacarita Juniors San Telmo
1982 Villa Dálmine Defensores Unidos San Telmo
1983 Argentino (R) Almagro Talleres (RE)
1984 San Miguel Almagro Colegiales
1985 Defensa y Justicia Tristán Suárez Excursionistas
1986–87 Deportivo Laferrere San Telmo Excursionistas
1987–88 Central Córdoba (R) Excursionistas Colegiales
1988–89 Argentino (Q) Ituzaingó Leandro N. Alem
1989–90 Berazategui Sarmiento (J) Cambaceres
1990–91 Cambaceres Comunicaciones Luján
1991–92 Defensores de Belgrano Argentino (Q) Dock Sud
1992–93 Colegiales Argentino (Q) Flandria
1993–94 Defensores Unidos San Telmo Leandro N. Alem
1994–95 Temperley Tristán Suárez Deportivo Paraguayo
1995–96 Atl. Campana Leandro N. Alem General Lamadrid
1996–97 Berazategui Brown Ituzaingó
1997–98 Flandria Ituzaingó Cambaceres
1998–99 Cambaceres Atl. Campana Excursionistas
1999–00 Deportivo Merlo Dock Sud Ituzaingó
2000–01 Ituzaingó Deportivo Laferrere Cañuelas, Excursionistas [note 7]
2001–02 Deportivo Laferrere Colegiales Acassuso,[note 7] Argentino (M) [note 7]
2002–03 Colegiales Villa Dálmine Argentino (M)
2003–04 Argentino (R) Barracas Central Sacachispas
2004–05 Comunicaciones Colegiales Excursionistas
2005–06 Deportivo Merlo Luján Sportivo Barracas
2006–07 Acassuso J. J. de Urquiza Barracas Central
2007–08 Colegiales Fénix Deportivo Laferrere
2008–09 Villa San Carlos Berazategui Excursionistas
2009–10 Barracas Central Excursionistas Defensores Unidos
2010–11 General Lamadrid Argentino (M) Talleres (RE)
2011–12 Villa Dálmine UAI Urquiza Cambaceres
2012–13 UAI Urquiza Deportivo Laferrere Sacachispas
2013–14 Sportivo Italiano Cambaceres Deportivo Español
2015 San Telmo Talleres (RE) Deportivo Laferrere
2016 Excursionistas Sportivo Italiano J. J. de Urquiza
2016–17 Sacachispas Defensores Unidos Cañuelas
2017–18 Defensores Unidos Central Córdoba (R) Argentino (Q)
2018–19 Argentino (Q) Deportivo Armenio Dock Sud
Abandoned [note 8]
2020 Cañuelas Real Pilar

Titles by clubEdit

Club Titles Years won
Colegiales 6 1913,[note 9] 1947, 1955, 1992–93, 2002–03, 2007–08
Villa Dálmine 5 1963, 1975, 1982, 1995–96,[note 10] 2011–12
Estudiantes (BA) 4 1903,[note 1] 1904,[note 1] 1966, 1942
Sportivo Alsina 4 1932, 1933, 1936, 1941
Acassuso 4 1923 AAm, 1928, 1937, 2006–07
Defensores de Belgrano 4 1953, 1958, 1972, 1991–92
San Telmo 4 1949, 1956, 1961, 2015
Argentino (Q) 3 1945, 1988–89, 2018–19
Barracas Central 3 1944, 1948, 2009–10
Comunicaciones 3 1968, 1969, 2004–05
Central Córdoba 3 1952, 1973, 1987–88
El Porvenir 2 1943, 1954
Sportivo Italiano 2 1962, 1974, 2013–14
Alumni III [note 1] 2 1901,[note 1] 1905 [note 1]
Racing III [note 1] 2 1924 AAm,[note 1] 1926 AAm [note 1]
Ferro Carril Oeste 2 1909,[note 1] 1913 [note 1]
All Boys 2 1946, 1950
Deportivo Español 2 1960, 1979
Cambaceres 2 1990-91, 1998–99
Laferrere 2 1986-87, 2001–02
Deportivo Merlo 2 1999-00, 2005–06
Deportivo Morón 2 1959, 1980
Banfield 2 1908, 1912
Berazategui 2 1989-90, 1996–97
Talleres (RE) 2 1970, 1978
UAI Urquiza 1 2012–13
Excursionistas 1 2016
Sacachispas 1 2016–17
Defensores Unidos 1 2017–18
Cañuelas 1 2020


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z aa ab Reserve teams of Primera División clubs which took part of the championship along with the clubs from the Second Division.
  2. ^ Then renamed "Alumni AC" in 1901.
  3. ^ From Adrogué.
  4. ^ The Federación Argentina de Football (FAF) was a dissident association that organized its own championships from 1912 to 1914.
  5. ^ a b Probable reserve team, not confirmed.
  6. ^ The Liga Argentina de Football (LAF) was a dissident professional association that organized its own championships from 1931 to 1934, when it merged with official body, Asocación Argentina de Football.
  7. ^ a b c d e Both teams shared the third position.
  8. ^ On 28 April 2020, AFA decided to abandon the competition and declare the season finished due to the COVID-19 pandemic. All official competitions were suspended since 17 March.
  9. ^ Club's name was "Libertarios Unidos" by then.
  10. ^ The club had renamed to "Atlético Campana" during those years, switching to its original name in 2000.


  1. ^ a b Tercera División - Campeones on AFA website (Archived 13 Ago 2013)
  2. ^ Historia y Fútbol, 1963 by José Carluccio
  3. ^ The Asociación Amateurs de Football (AAm) was a dissident association that organized its own championships from 1919 to 1926.

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