|Number of teams||16|
|Levels on pyramid||1|
|Relegation to||Série A2|
|Domestic cup(s)||Copa FGF|
|Most championships||Internacional (43 titles)|
|TV partners||Rede Globo
|2014 Campeonato Gaúcho|
The Campeonato Gaúcho Série A1, officially known as the Campeonato Gaúcho Chevrolet, for being currently sponsored by Chevrolet, is the top flight professional football league in the Brazilian state of Rio Grande do Sul. The league is contested between 16 clubs and typically lasts from January to April. Rivalries amongst two of the most well-known Brazilian teams (Grêmio and Internacional) has marked the history of the competition. The "Gauchão", as the tournament is popularly known, had its first edition held in 1919.
There are 16 clubs in the Campeonato Gaúcho, divided into two groups. During the course of a season (from January to April), each club plays against teams from the other group and then against each other inside their groups. Teams receive three points for a win and one point for a draw. No points are awarded for a loss. Teams are ranked by total points, then wins, goal difference and goals scored. The top four teams from each group qualified to the play-offs. Are held quarter-finals, where the first of a group faces the last of another group, and so on in single game at the home of best ranked, then semi-finals, also in single game, and finals with two games. The three lowest placed teams are relegated into the Campeonato Gaúcho Série A2.
Qualification for Brazilian competitions
The best placed of league also qualify for the Campeonato Brasileiro Série D, excluding the teams that are already qualified for the Série A, Série B or Série C. The best three teams in the Campeonato Gaúcho (champions, runner-up and the third most points in overall table) not qualified to Copa Libertadores de América will qualify for Copa do Brasil of the following year.
Throughout its nearly 100-year history, dozens of clubs have played Campeonato Gaúcho, including teams that went extinct. The following 16 clubs will compete in the Campeonato Gaúcho Série A1 during the 2015 season.
|Club||City||Stadium||Capacity||Position in 2014||First season||Number of seasons||Titles||Last title|
|Aimoré||São Leopoldo||Cristo Rei||10,000||11th||1961||6||-||-|
|Avenida||Santa Cruz do Sul||Est. dos Eucaliptos||3,600||2nd in Série A2||1971||10||-||-|
|Caxias||Caxias do Sul||Centenário||30,802||4th||1961||54||1||2000|
|Grêmio||Porto Alegre||Arena do Grêmio||55,662||2nd||1919||73||36||2010|
|Juventude||Caxias do Sul||Alfredo Jaconi||23,726||7th||1925||57||1||1998|
|Lajeadense||Lajeado||Estádio do Vale||6,500||12th||1975||18||-||-|
|Novo Hamburgo||Novo Hamburgo||Bento Freitas||18,000||6th||1930||62||-||-|
|Passo Fundo||Passo Fundo||Vermelhão da Serra||20,000||13th||1987||23||-||-|
|São José-RS||Porto Alegre||Passo D'Areia||8,000||10th||1961||31||-||-|
|São Paulo-RS||Rio Grande||Aldo Dapuzzo||11,500||9th||1933||28||1||1933|
|Un. Frederiquense||Fred. Westphalen||Vermelhão da Colina||4,000||3rd in Série A2||2015||1||-||-|
|Veranópolis||Veranópolis||Antônio David Farina||4,000||5th||1994||22||-||-|
|Ypiranga||Erechim||Colosso da Lagoa||30,000||1st in Série A2||1968||25||-||-|
Titles by team
- Internacional: 43 titles
- Grêmio: 36 titles
- Pelotas, Guarany de Bagé: 2 titles
- Brasil de Pelotas, Bagé, Americano, Cruzeiro, São Paulo, 9º Regimento de Infantaria (currently known as Grêmio Atlético Farroupilha), Rio Grande, Grêmio Santanense, Riograndense-RG, Renner, Juventude, and Caxias: 1 title