2003 Campeonato Ecuatoriano de Fútbol Serie A

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Copa Pílsener Serie A
Season 2003
Champions LDU Quito (7th title)
Relegated Técnico Universitario
Manta
Copa Libertadores LDU Quito
Barcelona
El Nacional
Top goalscorer Ariel Graziani (23 goals)
2002
2004

The 2003 Campeonato Ecuatoriano de Fútbol de la Serie A (known as the 2003 Copa Pílsener Serie A for sponsorship reasons) was the 46th season of the Serie A, the top level of professional football in Ecuador. LDU Quito won their seventh national championship.

Format[edit]

The tournament for this season was composed of three stages:

The First Stage and Second Stage are identical. The ten teams competed in a double round-robin tournament, one game at home and one away. The top three teams in each stage qualified to the Liguilla Final with bonus points (3, 2, and 1 point[s], respectively). At the end of the Second Stage, the team with the least amount of points in the aggregate table were relegated to the Serie B.

The Liguilla Final was a double round-robin tournament between the six qualified teams of the First and Second Stage. The winner of the Liguilla Final was crowned the Serie A champion. The champion, runner-up, and third-place finisher qualified to the 2004 Copa Libertadores.

First stage[edit]

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Qualification or relegation
1 Barcelona 18 12 2 4 41 19 +22 38 Qualified to the Liguilla Final
2 LDU Quito 18 10 6 2 37 24 +13 36
3 El Nacional 18 9 4 5 31 22 +9 31
4 Deportivo Quito 18 8 4 6 29 23 +6 28
5 Emelec 18 6 8 4 26 31 −5 26
6 Deportivo Cuenca 18 5 7 6 27 26 +1 22
7 Aucas 18 6 4 8 24 26 −2 22
8 Técnico Universitario 18 4 5 9 24 36 −12 17
9 ESPOLI 18 4 3 11 25 37 −12 15
10 Manta 18 3 3 12 17 37 −20 12

Updated to games played on June 22, 2003.
Source: RSSSF
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored.
(C) = Champion; (R) = Relegated; (P) = Promoted; (E) = Eliminated; (O) = Play-off winner; (A) = Advances to a further round.
Only applicable when the season is not finished:
(Q) = Qualified to the phase of tournament indicated; (TQ) = Qualified to tournament, but not yet to the particular phase indicated; (RQ) = Qualified to the relegation tournament indicated; (DQ) = Disqualified from tournament.

Second stage[edit]

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Qualification or relegation
1 LDU Quito 18 10 4 4 31 15 +16 34 Qualified to the Liguilla Final
2 Barcelona 18 9 7 2 28 12 +16 34
3 El Nacional 18 9 5 4 38 18 +20 32
4 Deportivo Quito 18 10 2 6 27 23 +4 32
5 Deportivo Cuenca 18 8 3 7 22 17 +5 27
6 Emelec 18 8 3 7 29 26 +3 27
7 ESPOLI 18 5 6 7 24 35 −11 21
8 Aucas 18 5 3 10 21 29 −8 18
9 Manta 18 3 5 10 16 38 −22 14
10 Técnico Universitario 18 2 4 12 13 36 −23 10

Updated to games played on October 12, 2003.
Source: RSSSF
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored.
(C) = Champion; (R) = Relegated; (P) = Promoted; (E) = Eliminated; (O) = Play-off winner; (A) = Advances to a further round.
Only applicable when the season is not finished:
(Q) = Qualified to the phase of tournament indicated; (TQ) = Qualified to tournament, but not yet to the particular phase indicated; (RQ) = Qualified to the relegation tournament indicated; (DQ) = Disqualified from tournament.

Aggregate table[edit]

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Qualification or relegation
1 Barcelona 36 21 9 6 69 31 +38 72
2 LDU Quito 36 20 10 6 68 39 +29 70
3 El Nacional 36 18 9 9 69 40 +29 63
4 Deportivo Quito 36 18 6 12 56 46 +10 60 Qualified to the Liguilla Final 1
5 Emelec 36 14 11 11 55 57 −2 53
6 Deportivo Cuenca 36 13 10 13 49 43 +6 49
7 Aucas 36 11 8 17 45 55 −10 41
8 ESPOLI 36 9 8 19 49 72 −23 35
9 Técnico Universitario 36 6 9 21 37 72 −35 27 Relegation to the Serie B
10 Manta 36 6 8 22 33 75 −42 26

Updated to games played on October 12, 2003.
Source: RSSSF
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored.
1. Since Barcelona, LDU Quito, & El Nacional qualified to the Liguilla Final twice, Deportivo Quito, Emelec, and Deportivo Cuenca qualified to the Liguilla Final as the best non-top-three finisher in the aggregate table.
(C) = Champion; (R) = Relegated; (P) = Promoted; (E) = Eliminated; (O) = Play-off winner; (A) = Advances to a further round.
Only applicable when the season is not finished:
(Q) = Qualified to the phase of tournament indicated; (TQ) = Qualified to tournament, but not yet to the particular phase indicated; (RQ) = Qualified to the relegation tournament indicated; (DQ) = Disqualified from tournament.

Liguilla Final[edit]

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Qualification or relegation
1 LDU Quito (C) 10 7 0 3 19 13 +6 0261 2004 Copa Libertadores Group Stage
2 Barcelona 10 6 0 4 19 9 +10 0231
3 El Nacional 10 6 0 4 21 13 +8 0201
4 Emelec 10 3 2 5 12 21 −9 11
5 Deportivo Quito 10 3 1 6 11 19 −8 10
6 Deportivo Cuenca 10 3 1 6 17 26 −9 10

Updated to games played on December 21, 2003.
Source: RSSSF
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored.
1. Includes Bonus Points earned in the previous stages: LDU Quito & Barcelona (5); El Nacional (2).
(C) = Champion; (R) = Relegated; (P) = Promoted; (E) = Eliminated; (O) = Play-off winner; (A) = Advances to a further round.
Only applicable when the season is not finished:
(Q) = Qualified to the phase of tournament indicated; (TQ) = Qualified to tournament, but not yet to the particular phase indicated; (RQ) = Qualified to the relegation tournament indicated; (DQ) = Disqualified from tournament.

Copa Pílsener Serie A
2003 Champion
LDU Quito
7th Title

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