Bolivian Football Regional Leagues

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The third tier in the Bolivian Football pyramid consists of nine regional leagues (one for each department); the number of participants varies depending on the department. It usually has between 8 and 12 teams. The winner and the runner-up of each league compete in the Copa Simón Bolívar, with the winner of such tournament gaining promotion to the 1st Division, and the runner-up playing a play-off match with the 11th placed team in the 1st Division. Until 1976, all 8 regional championships (Pando didn't have an organized tournament at the time) were the top in the national football pyramid, with the winner of the Copa Simón Bolívar being crowned as national champion.

The oldest regional championship is the one played in La Paz. It started in 1914 and it was considered for many years as the top Bolivian league, especially when it turned into a semi-professional tournament in 1950 and started to include teams from Oruro and Cochabamba.

Copa Simón Bolívar[edit]

Main article: Copa Simón Bolívar

The tournament started in 1960. Initially, only champions from La Paz, Cochabamba, Oruro and Santa Cruz participated. In later years, teams from other associations joined the cup, and the tournament eventually also had runners-up participating.

Until 1976, with the lack of a nation-wide league, the cup determined the national champion and representative teams for the Copa Libertadores. With the creation of the Liga de Fútbol Profesional Boliviano, the Bolivian FA stopped organizing the tournament.

In 1989, the tournament was resurrected, with the same format of both champions and runners-up from each association, but this time each regional league was the second tier on the football pyramid so the champion was supposed to be awarded a place in the professional league. Previously, the last placed team in the 1st division was replaced by the regional champion of its department. However, that practice was kept until 1993 when finally the champion was awarded a spot in the top league.

The competition format changes frequently. In 2008, the teams were divided into three groups of six teams, to save costs. Geographically close teams were teamed up and played on a home-away round-robin basis, with group 1 consisting of teams from La Paz, Oruro and Cochabamba; group 2 of teams from Potosí, Chuquisaca and Tarija, and group 3 of teams from Santa Cruz, Beni and Pando. The top two placed teams advanced to the next round, now playing play-offs on home-away basis, the three winners and the best loser advanced to the semifinals and then the final.

Liga Nacional B[edit]

Main article: Liga Nacional B

It was announced by LFPB that, due to the change of football in First Division, Copa Simon Bolivar would be replaced by Liga Nacional B which consist of thirteen clubs, the champions from each department except for Tarija which would have two clubs (Champions and runner-up), the last ttwo relegated teams from First division and the winners of Torneo Nacional Provincial. La Paz Football Association and Oruro Football Association Championship were against this change, however Asociacion Nacional de Futbol and Bolivian Football Federation approved this change in Bolivian Football.

List of Regional Champions[edit]

Chuquisaca Football Association Championship[edit]

Season Champion (title count) Runner-up
2005 Universitario (1) Fancesa
2006 Fancesa (1) Independiente Petrolero
2007 Fancesa (2) Independiente Petrolero
2008 Independiente Petrolero (1) Fancesa
2009 Fancesa (3) Independiente Petrolero
2010 Independiente Petrolero (2) Fancesa
2011

Cochabamba Football Association Championship[edit]

Season Champion (title count) Runner-up
2007 Universitario
2008 Enrique Happ Universitario
2009 Enrique Happ Universitario
2010 Enrique Happ Bata
2011

La Paz Football Association Championships[edit]

Oruro Football Association Championship[edit]

Season Champion (title count) Runner-up
2007 Huachacalla
2008 Oruro Royal Deportivo Cristal
2009 Deportivo Cristal Oruro Royal
2010 31 de Octubre Oruro Royal
2011

Potosí Football Association Championship[edit]

Season Champion (title count) Runner-up
2007 Nacional Potosí
2008 Nacional Potosí Stormers San Lorenzo
2009 Stormers San Lorenzo Universitario
2010 Nacional Potosí Universitario de Potosi
2011

Santa Cruz Association Championship[edit]

Season Champion (title count) Runner-up
2007 Guabirá
2008 Destroyers Real Santa Cruz
2009 Guabirá Destroyers
2010 Real America Callejas
2011

Tarija Football Association Championship[edit]

Season Champion (title count) Runner-up
2007 Unión Central Ciclón
2008 Universitario Ciclón
2009 Ciclón Real Charcas
2010 Ciclón García Agreda
2011

Beni Football Association Championship[edit]

Season Champion (title count) Runner-up
2007 Universitario Primero De Mayo
2008 Primero De Mayo Universitario
2009 Universitario Primero De Mayo
2010 Primero de Mayo Atlético Marbán
2011

Pando Football Association Championship[edit]

Season Champion (title count) Runner-up
2008 Vaca Diez Universitario
2009 Universitario Vaca Diez
2010 Real Vaca Díez Universitario de Pando
2011

References[edit]

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