Primera Catalana

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
Current: 2018–19 Primera Catalana

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 40 clubs are competing in the Primera Catalana during the 2020–21 season.

Group 1–AEdit

Club Position
(2019–20)
Palamós CF 013rd
AEC Manlleu 024th
UE Vic 035th
L'Escala FC 049th
CF Lloret 0511th
UE La Jonquera 0612th
UE Tona 0715th
UE Llagostera B 0817th
CE Bescanó 091st in Segona Catalana (Group 1)
Vic Riuprimer FC 092nd in Segona Catalana (Group 4)

Group 1–BEdit

Club Position
(2019–20)
Escola Esportiva Guineueta CF 016th
CE Mataró 027th
CE Júpiter 038th
UE Rubí 0410th
Sabadell Nord CF 0513th
CF Mollet UE 0614th
Parets CF 0716th
Unificación Llefià CF 081st in Segona Catalana (Group 2)
FC Sant Cugat 091st in Segona Catalana (Group 3)
CF Les Franqueses 101st in Segona Catalana (Group 4)

Group 2–AEdit

Club Position
(2019–20)
FC Santboià 013rd
CF Gavà 026th
UD Vista Alegre 038th
FC Ascó 049th
CF Vilanova Geltru 0510th
UD Viladecans 0612th
UE Sant Ildefons 0714th
CE El Catllar 0818th
CF Gandesa 091st in Segona Catalana (Group 6)
UE Rapitenca 102nd in Segona Catalana (Group 6)

Group 2–BEdit

Club Position
(2019–20)
FC Martinenc 014th
Atlètic Sant Just 025th
CE Atlètic Lleida 037th (as CE EFAC Almacelles)
CFJ Mollerussa 0411th
CF Martorell 0513rd
UE Tàrrega 0614th
CF Can Vidalet 0715th
FC Alcarrás 0817th
CF Borges Blanques 091st in Segona Catalana (Group 5)
CF Solsona 102nd in Segona Catalana (Group 5)

ChampionsEdit

This section lists the past champions of the Primera Catalana.

Season Team
1991–92 CF Palafrugell
1992–93 UE Sants
1993–94 CF Gavà
1994–95 FC Santboià
1995–96 UE Badaloní
1996–97 UA Horta
1997–98 CF Balaguer
1998–99 Girona FC
1999–2000 UE Sant Andreu
2000–01 CE Manresa
2001–02 EC Granollers
2002–03 UE Cornellà
2003–04 FC Santboià
2004–05 AE Prat
2005–06 CD Blanes
2006–07 UD Cassà
2007–08 UE Cornellà
2008–09 FC Benavent
2009–10 FC Vilafranca
2010–11 UE Olot
2011–12 UE Figueres
2012–13 FC Ascó
2013–14 CF Peralada
2014–15 CD Morell
2015–16 UE Castelldefels
2016–17 FC Santboià
2017–18 CP San Cristóbal
2018–19 FC Andorra
2019–20 Girona FC B
CF Montañesa

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