Sal Premier Division

The Sal Premier Division is a regional championship played in Sal Island, Cape Verde. The winner of the championship plays in Cape Verdean football Championships of each season. The competition are organized by the Sal Regional Football Association (Associação Regional de Futebol de Sal, ARFS).[1] The Premier Divisions contains eight clubs. In title history, Académico do Aeroporto has the most titles numbering 14, and is ranked fifth in the most championship titles of any of the island leagues in Cape Verde. The champion promotes into the Cape Verdean Football Championships each season while the last placed club relegates into the second division the following season.

Sal Premier Division
RegionCape Verde Sal Island, Cape Verde
Number of teams8
Promotion toCape Verdean Football Championship
Relegation toSal Second Division
Domestic cup(s)Sal Island Cup
Sal Island SuperCup
Current championsAcadémico do Aeroporto (15th time)
Most championshipsAcadémico do Aeroporto (15 times)
WebsiteOfficial website


The regional championships was founded shortly after independence and became the four championships to compete at the national level.

SC Verdun from Santa Maria was the first club to win a title, Académico Sal, Palmeira and Académica do Aeroporto were the next club to win a title, SC Santa Maria was the fifth club to win a title in 1987. From 1990 to 2014, it was the only regional championship in Cape Verde that every club has won a title, Juventude was the last club who was without a title in 1990.

Up to the 2014 season, the league had only six clubs competing. From the mid 2000s to 2011, it had the second most clubs in the country, up until 2014, it had the fewest clubs in the country after Maio and Brava. When the Second Division was introduced, the championships has the fifth most clubs in the nation after São Vicente.

Sal was the most recent club to have a Second Division added in the 2014/15 season, each two divisions had 6 clubs each. In the following season, two clubs added to the premier division totalling eight.

Broadcasting rightsEdit

Its top clubs, the Académica clubs of the island are broadcast on TCV but not often except for a club competing at the national level, it is aired often on its Sal affiliate.

Sal Premier Division - Clubs 2017/18Edit


Sal Island/Regional ChampionshipsEdit

Sal Premier DivisionEdit

Performance By ClubEdit

Club Winners Winning Years
Académico do Aeroporto 15 1986, 1988, 1995, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2011, 2013, 2015, 2016, 2017
Santa Maria 7 1987, 1989, 1992, 1997, 1998, 2009
Associação Académica do Sal 6 listed 1984, 1993, 1994, 1996, 2001, 2005
Juventude, Futebol Clube 5 1976, 1990, 1991, 1999, 2012
Palmeira 3 1985, 2000, 2018
Sport Clube Verdun 2 1980, 2014

Performance by areaEdit

Settlement or town Winners Winning years
Espargos 26 1976, 1984, 1986, 1988, 1990, 1991, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1999, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2015, 2016, 2017
Santa Maria 9 1985, 1987, 1989, 1992, 1998, 1998, 2000, 2009, 2018
Pedra de Lume 2 1980, 2014

Other sporting clubsEdit


The island also has its basketball competition. The competition is run by the Sal Basketball Association (ARBS, Associação de Basquetebol (or Basquete) do Sal). All of its games are played at Polidesportivo Municipal do Sal. One of its clubs include:

  • Académico do Aeroporto
  • GDRC Pretória

See alsoEdit


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