Campeonato de Fútbol Femenino

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Primera A
Organising bodyAFA
Founded1991; 28 years ago (1991)
CountryArgentina
ConfederationCONMEBOL
Number of teams16
Level on pyramid1
Relegation toPrimera B
International cup(s)Copa Libertadores Femenina
Current championsUAI Urquiza
(2018–19)
Most championshipsBoca Juniors (23 titles)
2018–19

The Primera División A[1] is the main league competition for women's football in Argentina. The tournament is ruled by the Argentine Football Association (AFA), with its first season held in 1991.

The competition was named "Campeonato de Fútbol Femenino" until 2016, when a second division ("Primera B") was created so the championship was renamed to "Primera A" as it represents the first level on pyramid.

Teams contesting the championship are from the region of Buenos Aires, which includes the Autonomous city, Greater Buenos Aires and La Plata. Apart from this competition, other regional female leagues exist around Argentina.

Boca Juniors is the most successful club with 23 titles won to date.

History[edit]

The competition was first played in 1991,[2] The first champions were River Plate.[3] with 8 teams participating. Since 2009 a match is played between the Apertura and the Clausura champions, the winner of the match wins the right to compete in the Copa Libertadores de Fútbol Femenino.[4]

Since the 2011–12 season, the Association allowed non-affiliate clubs to play in the tournament as guest teams. Therefore Universidad de Buenos Aires (UBA) and Vélez Sársfield de Mercedes where the first clubs in that condition to take part.

In March 2019, it was announced that the league will become professional since the 201920 season. The agreement was signed by President of AFA, Claudio Tapia, and Sergio Marchi (representing the footballers union). The Association committed to give each club AR$ 125,000 for players' salaries. The AFA's facilities can be also used by clubs which don't have a venue to host their home games.[5]

Changes in Argentine women's football also include the creation of a new competition (similar to men's Copa Argentina), named "Fútbol en Evolución", contested by teams all around the country.[6]

Format[edit]

For the 2018–19 season, the tournament has three stages, Fase Clasificatoria, Fase Campeonato and Fase Permanencia.

The first stage, "Fase Clasificatoria", is contested by the 16 participating teams, divided into two zones, A and B (eight teams each). Teams play in a single round-robin tournament. Clubs placed 1st to 4th in each group at the end of the competition, qualify to the next stage ("Fase Campeonato") while the rest eight clubs play the "Fase Permanencia".

The "Fase Campeonato" is contested by the eight qualified teams from the previous stage, playing a double round-robin tournament. The club earning most points at the end of the competition is crowned champion, also qualifying to Copa Libertadores Femenina.

The "Fase Permanencia" is contested by the eight teams placed 5th to 8th in the qualification stage (Clasificatoria). After a double robin tournament, the two worst placed teams are relegated to Primera B (second division).[1]

Current teams[edit]

Clubs registered for the 2018–19 season:[1]

Club City
Atlanta Buenos Aires
Boca Juniors Buenos Aires
Estudiantes La Plata
Excursionistas Buenos Aires
Huracán Buenos Aires
Independiente Avellaneda
Lanús Lanús
Dep. Morón Morón
Platense Florida
El Porvenir Gerli
Racing Avellaneda
River Plate Buenos Aires
San Lorenzo Buenos Aires
UAI Urquiza Villa Lynch
Universidad de Buenos Aires Buenos Aires
Villa San Carlos Berisso

List of champions[edit]

Below is the list of women's Primera División champions:[3]

Season Champion
1991 River Plate
1992 Boca Juniors
1993 River Plate
1994 River Plate
1995 River Plate
1996 River Plate
1997 River Plate
1998 Boca Juniors
1999 Boca Juniors
2000 Boca Juniors
2001 Ap Boca Juniors
2002 Cl Boca Juniors
2002 Ap River Plate
2003 Cl River Plate
2003 Ap Boca Juniors
2004 Cl Boca Juniors
2004 Ap Boca Juniors
2005 Cl Boca Juniors
2005 Ap Boca Juniors
2006 Cl Boca Juniors
2006 Ap Boca Juniors
2007 Cl Boca Juniors
2007 Ap Boca Juniors
2008 Cl Boca Juniors
2008 Ap San Lorenzo
2009 Cl River Plate
2009 Ap Boca Juniors
2010 Cl River Plate
2010 Ap Boca Juniors
2011 Cl Boca Juniors
2011 Ap Boca Juniors
2012 Cl UAI Urquiza
2012 Ap Boca Juniors
2013 Cl Boca Juniors
2013 In Boca Juniors
2014 Fi UAI Urquiza
2015 San Lorenzo
2016 San Lorenzo
2016–17 River Plate
2017–18 UAI Urquiza
2018–19 UAI Urquiza
Notes

Titles by team[edit]

Club Titles Winning years
Boca Juniors 23 1992, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001 Ap, 2002 Cl, 2003 Ap, 2004 Cl, 2004 Ap, 2005 Cl, 2005 Ap, 2006 Cl, 2007 Ap, 2007 Cl, 2007 Ap, 2008 Cl, 2009 Ap, 2010 Ap, 2011 Cl, 2011 Ap, 2012 Ap, 2013 Cl, 2013 In
River Plate 11 1991, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 2002 Ap, 2003 Cl, 2009 Cl, 2010 Cl, 2016–17
UAI Urquiza 5 2012 Cl, 2014 Fi, 2016, 2017–18, 2018–19
San Lorenzo 2 2008 Ap, 2015

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Reglamento de Fútbol Femenino 2018/19, Boletín n° 5536 on AFA website
  2. ^ "Boca Juniors se coronó campeón del Clausura" (in Spanish). AFA. August 1, 2009. Retrieved August 25, 2009.
  3. ^ a b Osvaldo José Gorgazzi. "Argentina - List of Women Champions". RSSSF.
  4. ^ "River Plate se coronó campeón del Clausura femenino" (in Spanish). AFA. August 24, 2009. Retrieved August 25, 2009.
  5. ^ Se firmó el acuerdo para que el fútbol femenino sea profesional en Argentina, Infobae
  6. ^ Liga profesional de Fútbol Femenino on AFA website

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