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The Primera Catalana is the 5th tier of the Spanish football league system and the highest league in the autonomous community of Catalonia. The league was formed in 1991 to replace Regional Preferent as first level of Catalonia and was split into 2 groups since 2011.[1] Primera Catalana is one of 19 regional premier leagues in Spanish football.

Primera Catalana
Founded1991
Country Spain
ConfederationFCF
Number of teams36 (2 groups)
Level on pyramid5
Promotion toTercera División (Group 5)
Relegation toSegona Catalana
Domestic cup(s)Copa Catalunya
Current championsFC Andorra (1st title)
(2018–19)
Most championshipsFC Martinenc
UE Rubí
FC Santboià
(3 titles)
WebsiteOfficial website
2018–19 Primera Catalana

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StructureEdit

The league comprises 36 teams (2 groups of 18 teams). Over the course of a season, which runs annually from September to the following June, each team plays twice against the others in the league, once at 'home' and once 'away', resulting in each team competing in 34 games in total. Three points are awarded for a win, one for a draw and zero for a loss. The teams are ranked in the league table by points gained. In the event that two or more teams finish the season equal in all these respects, teams are separated by head-to-head points, then head-to-head goal difference, then head-to-head goals scored, then goal difference and then goals scored.
At the end of the season, the top team of each group and the winner of the Primera Catalana promotion play-off are promoted to the Tercera División (Group 5). The loser of the Primera Catalana relegation play-off and the bottom four teams of each group are relegated to Segona Catalana. The Primera Catalana promotion play-off consist in two legs on a home-and-away basis played by teams finishing in 2nd place, and the winner promote to the Tercera División (Group 5). Teams finishing in 14th place plays the Primera Catalana relegation play-off like promotion play-off format.
The three promoted teams are replaced in the division for the next season by the teams finishing in the bottom three in the Tercera División (Group 5) and the relegated teams are replaced by the teams finishing at the top of Segona Catalana and the three winners of the Segona Catalana promotion play-off.

ClubsEdit

A total of 100 clubs have played in the Primera Catalana from its inception in 1991 up to and including the 2015–16 season. The record of total seasons was 15, owned by AD Guíxols.

The following 36 clubs are competing in the Primera Catalana during the 2018–19 season.

Group 1Edit

Club Position
(2017–18)
Palamós CF 0118th in Tercera División (Group 5)
UE Vilassar de Mar 0220th in Tercera División (Group 5)
CF Can Vidalet 033rd
UE Vic 044th
CF Montañesa 055th
CE Farners 066th
AEC Manlleu 077th
UE La Jonquera 088th
UE Llagostera 099th
UE San Juan Atlético de Montcada 1010th
Sant Cugat FC 1111th
CE Júpiter 1212th
CE Banyoles 1313th
CF Lloret 1414th
Girona FC B 151st in Segona Catalana (Group 1)
Escola Esportiva Guineueta CF 161st in Segona Catalana (Group 2)
Sabadell Nord CF 171st in Segona Catalana (Group 4)
UE Rubí 182nd in Segona Catalana (Group 3)

Group 2Edit

Club Position
(2017–18)
CF Gavà 0119th in Tercera División (Group 5)
CE Manresa 022nd (Group 1)
CE EFAC Almacelles 023rd
UD Viladecans 034th
UE Sants 045th
CF Igualada 056th
Lleida Esportiu B 07th
CF Borges Blanques 078th
FC Andorra 089th
UE Rapitenca 0910th
CF Balaguer 1011th
UD Vista Alegre 1112th
UE Sant Ildefons 1213th
CF Igualada 1314th
CF Vilanova Geltru 141st in Segona Catalana (Group 3)
CFJ Mollerussa 141st in Segona Catalana (Group 5)
CE Cambrils Unió 141st in Segona Catalana (Group 6)
UE Tàrrega 172nd in Segona Catalana (Group 5)

ChampionsEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ La Primera i Segona Catalana ja coneixen el calendari per la propera temporada 2011/2012 (in Catalan) ARA newspaper website, accessed: 24 March 2012