Venezuelan Primera División
The Primera División (pronounced [pɾiˈmeɾa ðiβiˈsjon]; English: First Division), or Liga Venezolana (locally [ˈliɣa βenesoˈlana]; English: Venezuelan League) is the top-flight professional football league of Venezuela. It was created in 1921 and turned professional in 1957. It's organized by the Federación Venezolana de Fútbol.
|Number of teams||20|
|Level on pyramid||1|
|Relegation to||Segunda División|
|Domestic cup(s)||Copa Venezuela|
|International cup(s)||Copa Libertadores|
|Current champions||Caracas (12th title) |
|Most championships||Caracas (12 titles)|
In the semi-final stage, the eight teams are divided in two groups of four teams each, facing the other teams in their group twice. The two group winners will advance to the Serie Final to decide the league champions.
- The champions and runners-up qualify to the group phase of the Copa Libertadores.
- The team with the most points in the entire season qualifies to the preliminary round of the Copa Libertadores as Venezuela 3.
- The second and third team with the most points in the entire season qualifies to the Copa Sudamericana as Venezuela 1 and Venezuela 2.
- If a team won both tournaments that team qualify to the Copa Libertadores as Venezuela 1, then the first and second team with the most points in the entire season qualify to the Copa Libertadores as Venezuela 2 and Venezuela 3 and the fourth and fifth team with the most points in the entire season qualify to the Copa Sudamericana as Venezuela 1 and Venezuela 2.
- If the winner of the Copa Venezuela does not qualify to the Copa Libertadores through the aforementioned manners or through the point total in the entire season, they take the Venezuela 2 spot in the Copa Sudamericana.
- The two lowest placed teams in the entire season are automatically relegated to the Segunda División.
|Academia Puerto Cabello||Puerto Cabello||La Bombonerita||7,500|
|Aragua||Maracay||Olímpico Hermanos Ghersi Páez||14,000|
|Atlético Venezuela||Caracas||Brígido Iriarte||10,000|
|Caracas||Caracas||Olímpico de la UCV||23,940|
|Deportivo La Guaira||Caracas||Olímpico de la UCV||23,940|
|Deportivo Lara||Cabudare||Metropolitano de Cabudare||47,913|
|Deportivo Táchira||San Cristóbal||Polideportivo de Pueblo Nuevo||38,755|
|Estudiantes de Mérida||Mérida||Metropolitano de Mérida||42,200|
|GV Maracay||Maracay||Giuseppe Antonelli||7,500|
|LALA||Ciudad Guayana||Polideportivo Cachamay||41,600|
|Metropolitanos||Caracas||Olímpico de la UCV||23,940|
|Mineros||Ciudad Guayana||Polideportivo Cachamay||41,600|
|Monagas||Maturín||Monumental de Maturín||51,796|
|Portuguesa||Acarigua||General José Antonio Páez||18,000|
|Trujillanos||Valera||José Alberto Pérez||25,000|
|Yaracuyanos||San Felipe||Florentino Oropeza||10,000|
|Zulia||Maracaibo||José "Pachencho" Romero||40,800|
List of ChampionsEdit
The Primera División turned professional on 21 February 1957.
Titles by clubEdit
Clubs in bold compete in Primera División as of the current season. Clubs in italic no longer exist.
- Zamora won the Torneo de Adecuación in 2015, but this title is not counted as it was not a full season.
- "Se cumplen 54 años del primer partido de fútbol profesional en Venezuela" (in Spanish). avn.info.ve. 21 February 2011. Retrieved 17 June 2014.