Torneo Argentino A

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Torneo Argentino A
Country  Argentina
Confederation CONMEBOL
Founded 1995; 19 years ago (1995)
Number of teams 25
Levels on pyramid 3
Promotion to Primera B Nacional
Relegation to Torneo Argentino B
Domestic cup(s) Copa Argentina
Current champions Santamarina
(2013-14)
Most championships Juventud Antoniana
Racing (C)
Independiente Rivadavia (2 titles)
Website Officlal webpage
2013–14 season

The Torneo Argentino A (in English "Argentine A Tournament") is one of the two leagues that form the regionalised third level of the Argentine football league system. Clubs in the Torneo Argentino have indirect membership in AFA, while clubs in the Primera B Metropolitana (the other third division) have direct membership in AFA. All teams with indirect membership are from outside the city of Buenos Aires and its metropolitan area (Greater Buenos Aires), while most of the direct members are from the aforementioned area.

Format (2013-14)[edit]

First stage[edit]

The teams were divided into two zones, North and South, all of which went to the Second Stage: the first four of each zone and the fifth best team of both zones qualified to the "Nonagonal Final", and the other teams qualified to Revalida Stage. All teams play each other in a round-robin tournament.

Second stage[edit]

Nonagonal Final[edit]

Consists of nine teams that qualified from the First Stage. The tournament winner is promoted to the 2014-15 Primera B Nacional. The 2nd and 3rd team advanced directly to the Fourth Stage, while the 4th to the 9th advanced to the Third Stage.

"Revalida Stage"[edit]

The fifteen clubs that did not qualify for the Nonagonal Final were grouped into three zones of five teams each. To integrate the zones a table was drawn with the fifteen clubs and its overall standings with points obtained in the First Stage. Teams in position 1,6,7,12,15 went to Zone A; teams in position 2,5,8,11,14 went to Zone B and teams in position 3,4,9,10,13 went to Zone C. The 1st and the 2nd of each zone qualified to the Third Stage.

Third to Sixth Stage[edit]

Was played by the teams ranked 2nd to 9th in the Nonagonal Final and the teams that qualified from Revalida Stage.To order the matches a table was drawn which contained the teams from the Nonagonal Final and the teams from the Revalida numbering them from 2º to 15º (teams fron Nonagonal Final were 2º to 9º and teams fron Revalida were 10º to º15).

Third stage[edit]

This Stage was played by the teams ranked 4º to 9º from the Nonagonal Final and the teams from the Revalida. The winning teams qualify for Fourth Stage. In case of a tie of points and goal difference, the teams from position 4º to 9º qualified to the next stage.

Fourth stage[edit]

This Stage was played by the teams ranked 2º and 3º from the Nonagonal Final and the teams that qualified from the Third Stage. In case of a tie points and goal difference, the teams from position 2º, 3º, W1 and W2 qualified to the next stage.

Fifth stage[edit]

This Stage was played by the teams that qualified from the Fourth Stage. The matches will be W1 vs W4 and W2 vs W3. In case of a tie points and goal difference, W1 and W2 qualified for the next stage.

Sixth stage[edit]

This Stage was played by the teams that qualified from the Fifth Stage, W1 vs W2. The winning team will be promoted to 2014-15 Primera B Nacional. In case of a tie points and goal difference, W1 was promoted .

Relegation[edit]

After the Revalida Stage a table drawn up with the addition of points of the First Stage and Revalida Stage. The teams that are located in the last position of each of the tables is relegated to 2014-15 Torneo Argentino B.

Participating teams (2013–14 season)[edit]

Zona Norte[edit]

Club City Province Stadium Tournaments Won
Central Córdoba Santiago del Estero Santiago del Estero Alfredo Terrara 0
Central Norte Salta Salta Dr. Luis Güemes 0
Chaco For Ever Resistencia Chaco Juan Alberto García 0
Gimnasia y Esgrima Concepción del Uruguay Entre Ríos Manuel y Ramón Núñez 1
Gimnasia y Tiro Salta Salta Gigante del Norte 0
Guaraní Antonio Franco Posadas Misiones Clemente F. de Oliveira 0
Juventud Antoniana Salta Salta Fray Honorato Pistoia 2
Juventud Unida (G) Gualeguaychú Entre Ríos Luis Delfino 0
Libertad Sunchales Santa Fe Hogar de los Tigres 0
San Jorge San Miguel de Tucumán Tucumán Senador Luis Cruz 0
San Martín San Miguel de Tucumán Tucumán La Ciudadela 0
Tiro Federal Rosario Santa Fe Fortín de Ludueña 1

Zona Sur[edit]

Club City Province Stadium Tournaments Won
Alvarado Mar del Plata Buenos Aires (None) 1 0
Cipolletti Cipolletti Río Negro La Visera de Cemento 0
CAI Comodoro Rivadavia Chubut Estadio Municipal 1
Defensores de Belgrano Villa Ramallo Buenos Aires Salomón Boeseldín 0
Deportivo Maipú Maipú Mendoza Higinio Sperdutti 0
Estudiantes (SL) San Luis San Luis Héctor Odicino - Pedro Benoza 0
Guillermo Brown Puerto Madryn Chubut Raul Conti 1
Juventud Unida Universitario San Luis San Luis Mario Diez 0
Racing Olavarría Buenos Aires José Buglione 0
Rivadavia Lincoln Buenos Aires El Coliseo 0
Santamarina Tandil Buenos Aires Municipal Gral. San Martín 0
Unión Mar del Plata Buenos Aires (None) 1 0

1 Play their home games at Estadio José María Minella.


List of champions[edit]

Season Champion Runner-up Third Place
1995–96 Juventud Antoniana Cipolletti No Third-place awarded
1996–97 Almirante Brown (A)
San Martín (M)
No Second-place awarded No Third-place awarded
1997–98 Gimnasia y Esgrima (CdU)
Juventud Antoniana
No Second-place awarded No Third-place awarded
1998–99 Independiente Rivadavia
Racing (C)
No Second-place awarded No Third-place awarded
1999–00 General Paz Juniors Huracán (TA) Ben Hur
2000–01 Huracán (TA) Gimnasia y Tiro Juventud Alianza
2001–02 CAI Ñuñorco Ben Hur
2002–03 Tiro Federal Racing (C) No Third-place awarded
2003–04 Racing (C) Atlético Tucumán No Third-place awarded
2004–05 Ben Hur Aldosivi Luján (C)
2005–06 Villa Mitre San Martín (T) No Third-place awarded
2006–07 Independiente Rivadavia Guillermo Brown No Third-place awarded
2007–08 Atlético Tucumán Racing (C) No Third-place awarded
2008–09 Boca Unidos Patronato No Third-place awarded
2009–10 Patronato Santamarina Cipolletti
Unión (S)
2010–11 Guillermo Brown Desamparados Sportivo Belgrano
2011–12 Douglas Haig Crucero del Norte Sportivo Belgrano
2012–13 Talleres (C) Sportivo Belgrano Santamarina
2013–14 Santamarina Guaraní Antonio Franco Juventud Unida Universitario

Titles by club[edit]

Team Titles Years won Years runners-up
Independiente Rivadavia 2 1998-99, 2006–07
Juventud Antoniana 2 1995-96, 1997-98
Racing (C) 2 1998-99, 2003–04 2002-03, 2007–08
Almirante Brown (A) 1 1996-97
Atlético Tucumán 1 2007–08 2003–04
Ben Hur 1 2004–05
Boca Unidos 1 2008–09
C.A.I. 1 2001-02
Douglas Haig 1 2011–12
General Paz Juniors 1 1999-00
Gimnasia y Esgrima (CdU) 1 1997-98
Guillermo Brown 1 2010–11 2006–07
Huracán (TA) 1 2000-01 1999-00
Patronato 1 2009–10 2008–09
San Martín (M) 1 1996-97
Santamarina 1 2013–14 2009–10
Talleres (C) 1 2012–13
Tiro Federal 1 2002–03
Villa Mitre 1 2005–06

Seasons in Torneo Argentino A[edit]

Club Seasons
Cipolletti, Juventud Unida Universitario 13
Gimnasia y Esgrima (CdU), Villa Mitre 12
Ben Hur, Racing (C) 11
Desamparados, Douglas Haig, General Paz Juniors, Guillermo Brown, Juventud Antoniana 10
Estudiantes (RC), Independiente Rivadavia, Ñuñorco, Patronato, Unión (S) 9
9 de Julio (R), CAI, Central Córdoba (SdE), Gimnasia y Tiro, Huracán (TA), Juventud Alianza, Luján de Cuyo, Rivadavia (L), Santamarina, Tiro Federal (R) 8
Alumni (VM), Central Norte, Huracán (SR), Libertad (S), Talleres (P) 7
Aldosivi, Atlético Tucumán, Cultural Argentino (GP), Deportivo Maipú, General Belgrano 6
13 de Junio (P), Alvarado, Juventud (P), La Florida, San Martín (T), Unión (MdP) 5
Deportivo Barraca, Gimnasia y Esgrima (M), Racing (O), Sportivo Belgrano, Talleres (C) 4
Almirante Brown (A), Chaco For Ever, Concepción Fútbol Club, Crucero del Norte, Defensores de Belgrano (VR), Deportivo Patagones, Ferrocarril (C), Guaraní Antonio Franco, Huracán Corrientes, La Plata, Real Arroyo Seco, San Martín (M), San Martín (MC), Sportivo Patria 3
Atlético Candelaria, Boca Unidos, Germinal (R), Grupo Universitario (T), Liniers (BB), San Jorge (T), San Martín (F), Unión Santiago (SdE) 2
Andino (LR), Deportivo Roca, Estación Quequén, Estudiantes (SL), Ex Alumnos Escuela N°185, Huracán (CR), Independiente de Villa Obrera, Juventud Unida (G), Mataderos, Olimpo, Rosario Puerto Belgrano, Unión (VK), Villa Cubas (C) 1
  • Note: 19 seasons in total, from season 1995/96 to 2013/14 inclusive.
  • Note: Teams in bold are currently playing in the Torneo Argentino A.

Top Scorers[edit]

Top Scorers by Tournament[edit]

Tournament Player Team Goals
2005/06 Argentina Adrián Aranda Douglas Haig 21
2006/07 Argentina Gustavo Rivadeneira Santamarina 14
2007/08 Argentina Claudio Sarría Atlético Tucumán 21
2008/09 Argentina Cristian Núñez Boca Unidos 21
2009/10 Argentina Diego Jara Patronato 26
2010/11 Argentina Gonzalo Klusener Unión (MdP) 21
2011/12 Argentina Juan Manuel Aróstegui Sportivo Belgrano 24
2012/13 Argentina Gonzalo Klusener Talleres (C) 25
2013/14 Argentina Fernando Zampedri Guillermo Brown 22

Top Scorers by Team[edit]

Team Top Scorers
Atlético Tucumán 1
Boca Unidos 1
Douglas Haig 1
Guillermo Brown 1
Patronato 1
Santamarina 1
Sportivo Belgrano 1
Talleres (C) 1
Unión (MdP) 1

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