Primera Divisió

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Primera Divisió
Country  Andorra
Confederation UEFA
Founded 1995
Number of teams 8
Level on pyramid 1
Relegation to Segona Divisió
Domestic cup(s) Copa Constitució
Supercopa Andorrana
International cup(s) Champions League
UEFA Europa League
Current champions FC Santa Coloma (9th title)
(2014–15)
Most championships FC Santa Coloma (9 titles)
Website Official site
2014–15 Primera Divisió

The Lliga Nacional de Fútbol, also known as Primera Divisió (First Division) or Campionat de Lliga, is the top football league for the country of Andorra. The league is a part-time and semi-professional league: all of the clubs and the majority of the players are part-time.

The league was launched in 1995 sponsored by the local federation (Andorran Football Federation) which was created just one year before, in 1994.

All the teams in the league play in the same stadiums owned by the federation. The same occurs in all other Andorran competitions, such as Copa Constitució and Supercopa.

FC Andorra, one of the major clubs in the country based in Andorra la Vella have never played in this league. They play in the Spanish league system, because they are registered with the Royal Spanish Football Federation, but the team is mostly composed of players with Andorran nationality.

League System[edit]

The eight clubs that play in the league play each other twice in the same venue. After the first 14 rounds, the best four teams play a competition between them to decide the Andorran champion (play off per al títol), while the other four play to avoid relegation (play off pel descens). The last placed of the relegation round is relegated to Segona Divisió, the second highest football league in Andorra, while the penultimate classified play a two-legged relegation play-off against the runners-up of Segona Divisió. The number of teams of Primera Divisió has changed throughout the league's history:

  • 1994-1996: 10 clubs
  • 1996-1997: 12 clubs
  • 1997-1998: 11 clubs
  • 1998-1999: 12 clubs
  • 1999-2000: 7 clubs
  • 2000-2002: 8 clubs
  • 2002-2003: 9 clubs
  • 2003-present: 8 clubs

Qualification for European competitions[edit]

The winner of the league win a place in the UEFA Champions League while the runners-up of the league and the Cup winner win a place in the UEFA Europa League.

Stadiums[edit]

The Andorran Football Federation organizes the matches of Primera Divisió and Segona Divisió in the stadiums owned by the local federation.[1][2] Also the federation distributes the stadiums and fields for the training sessions for each team.[3]

Stadium Location Capacity
Camp d'Esports d'Aixovall Sant Julià de Lòria 900
Centre Esportiu d'Alàs Alàs i Cerc (Spain) 1,500
Estadi Comunal d’Andorra la Vella Andorra la Vella 1,300
Centre Esportiu d'Ordino Ordino 200

Location of stadiums[edit]

2015-16 Member Clubs[edit]

Team Parish Position in 2014–15
FC Encamp Encamp 6th
FC Lusitanos Andorra la Vella 2nd
FC Ordino Ordino 5th
FC Santa Coloma Andorra la Vella 1st
(TBD) - -
Penya Encarnada d'Andorra Andorra la Vella 1st, Segona Divisió
UE Santa Coloma Andorra la Vella 3rd
UE Sant Julià Sant Julià de Lòria 4th

Winners[edit]

Season Champion[4] Second place Third place
1994–95 FC Santa Coloma - -
1995–96 FC Encamp CE Principat FC Santa Coloma
1996–97 CE Principat* FC Andorra Veterans FC Encamp
1997–98 CE Principat* FC Santa Coloma FC Encamp
1998–99 CE Principat* FC Santa Coloma FC Encamp
1999–2000 Constel·lació Esportiva* FC Santa Coloma Inter Escaldes
2000–01 FC Santa Coloma* UE Sant Julià Inter Escaldes
2001–02 FC Encamp UE Sant Julià FC Santa Coloma
2002–03 FC Santa Coloma* FC Encamp UE Sant Julià
2003–04 FC Santa Coloma* UE Sant Julià FC Rànger's
2004–05 UE Sant Julià FC Rànger's FC Santa Coloma
2005–06 FC Rànger's UE Sant Julià FC Santa Coloma
2006–07 FC Rànger's FC Santa Coloma UE Sant Julià
2007–08 FC Santa Coloma UE Sant Julià FC Rànger's
2008–09 UE Sant Julià FC Santa Coloma CE Principat
2009–10 FC Santa Coloma UE Santa Coloma UE Sant Julià
2010–11 FC Santa Coloma UE Sant Julià FC Lusitanos
2011–12 FC Lusitanos FC Santa Coloma UE Santa Coloma
2012–13 FC Lusitanos FC Santa Coloma UE Santa Coloma
2013–14 FC Santa Coloma UE Santa Coloma UE Sant Julià
2014–15 FC Santa Coloma FC Lusitanos UE Santa Coloma
* Team won the double by winning the Copa Constitució the same season.

Performance by club[edit]

Club Winners Runner-ups Third place Winning Years Runner-up Years Third Place Years
FC Santa Colomac 9 7 4 1995, 2001, 2003, 2004, 2008, 2010, 2011, 2014, 2015 1998, 1999, 2000, 2007, 2009, 2012, 2013 1996, 2002, 2005, 2006
CE Principata 3 1 1 1997, 1998, 1999 1996 2009
UE Sant Juliàc 2 6 4 2005, 2009 2001, 2002, 2004, 2006, 2008, 2011 2003, 2007, 2010, 2014
FC Encamp 2 1 3 1996, 2002 2003 1997, 1998, 1999
FC Rànger's 2 1 2 2006, 2007 2005 2004, 2008
FC Lusitanos 2 1 1 2012, 2013 2015 2011
Constelació Esportivaa,b 1 0 0 2000
UE Santa Coloma 0 2 3 2010, 2014 2012, 2013, 2015
FC Andorra Veteransa 0 1 0 1997
Inter d'Escaldes 0 0 2 2000, 2001

Bold: indicates clubs currently playing in the top division.
a: Club currently out of competition.
b: Club dissolved.
c: Founder members that have never been relegated from Primera Divisió.

Performance by parish[edit]

Parish Winners Runner-ups Third place
Winning Clubs
Escut d'Andorra la Vella.svg Andorra la Vella 17 13 10 FC Santa Coloma (9), CE Principat (3), FC Rànger's (2), FC Lusitanos (2), Constelació Esportiva (1)
Escut de Sant Julià de Lòria.svg Sant Julià de Lòria 2 6 4 UE Sant Julià (2)
Escut d'Encamp.svg Encamp 2 1 3 FC Encamp (2)
Escut d'Escaldes-Engordany.svg Escaldes-Engordany 0 0 2

Topscorers[edit]

Year Best scorers Team Goals
1994/95 - - -
1995/96 - - -
1996/97 Andorra Patricio González CE Principat 25
1997/98 SpainRafael Sanchez Pedrosa FC Santa Coloma 36
1998/99 - - -
1999/00 - - -
2000/01 - - -
2001/02 - - -
2002/03 - - -
2003/04 PortugalJorge Filipe Sa Silva UE Sant Julià 16
2004/05 - - -
2005/06 - - -
2006/07 Argentina Norberto Urbani Ranger's FC 14
Andorra Joan Carlos Toscano Beltran FC Santa Coloma 14
2007/08 - - -
2008/09 Argentina Norberto Urbani FC Rànger's 22
2009/10 Andorra Gabriel Riera Lancha UE Sant Julià 19
2010/11 Spain Victor Bernat UE Santa Coloma 16
2011/12 Spain Victor Bernat UE Santa Coloma 14
2012/13 Portugal Bruninho FC Lusitanos 17
2013/14 Portugal Luis Miguel dos Reis FC Lusitanos 13
2014/15 Andorra Cristian Martínez FC Santa Coloma 22

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