Football in El Salvador

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Football in El Salvador
Country El Salvador
Governing body Salvadoran Football Association
National team Men's national team
First played 1862
National competitions
International competitions
CONCACAF Champions League
CONCACAF Gold Cup (National Team)
FIFA World Cup (National Team)
FIFA Confederations Cup (Men's National Team)
CONCACAF Women's Championship (National Team)
FIFA Women's World Cup (National Team)

The sport of football in the country of El Salvador is run by the Salvadoran Football Association. The association administers the national football team, as well as the Primera División, the top level in its league system.

National team[edit]

See also: Football War

El Salvador qualified for the FIFA World Cup twice in their history, in 1970 and 1982. On both occasions the team were eliminated in the first round after losing all three matches.

A qualifying match against the Honduran national team for the 1970 tournament was so hotly contested that it was the spark that brought a state of war between El Salvador and Honduras. The conflict became known as the Football War.[1][2][2][3][4]

The 1982 tournament included a 10-1 mauling from Hungary that provided the most goals in a game in the history of the finals as well as equalling the record for winning margin.

Outside of the World Cup El Salvador compete regularly at the CONCACAF Gold Cup and the UNCAF Nations Cup. However their sole international triumph came in a regional competition, the 1943 CCCF Championship.[5]

League system[edit]

The main league competition in El Salvador is the Salvadoran Primera División. It is fed into by the Segunda División de Fútbol Salvadoreño which in turn is fed into by the Tercera Division de Fútbol Salvadoreño. The most successful team has been C.D. FAS with 18 league titles, followed by C.D. Águila with 14. The top Salvadorean clubs also participate in the CONCACAF Champions League, a competition won by Alianza F.C. in 1967 and C.D. Águila in 1976. Alianza and C.D. Platense Municipal Zacatecoluca have also won the defunct Copa Interclubes UNCAF once each.

Level League(s)/Division(s)
1 Primera División
12 clubs
↓↑ 1 club
2 Segunda División
24 clubs divided in 2 series of 12
↓↑ 2 clubs
3 Tercera Division
40 clubs divided in 4 series of 10

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Salvador–Honduras War, 1969 The "Soccer War"". Airpower.maxwell.af.mil. 1969-06-08. Retrieved 2014-08-04. 
  2. ^ a b "Ruling Ends Rift That Started 1969 'Soccer War' : Central America: World Court delivers its judgment in the old territorial dispute between El Salvador and Honduras. Both sides vow to respect the decision. - Los Angeles Times". Articles.latimes.com. 1997-10-31. Retrieved 2014-08-04. 
  3. ^ Jere Longman (1997-06-26). "Concerns Rise as U.S. Faces El Salvador and Its Fans - New York Times". El Salvador: Nytimes.com. Retrieved 2014-08-04. 
  4. ^ Krauze, Enrique (2014-06-16). "Meditations on the Beautiful Game". The New York Times. 
  5. ^ "CCCF Championship on RSSSF Archive". Rsssf.com. 2013-08-09. Archived from the original on April 19, 2012. Retrieved 2014-08-04.