Copa Paraguay

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Copa Paraguay
Copa Paraguay Logo 2018.png
Organising bodyAPF
Founded2018
RegionParaguay
Number of teams64
Qualifier forCopa Sudamericana
Current championsGuaraní (1st title)
Most successful club(s)Guaraní (1 title)
Television broadcastersTigo Sports (All matches per round are broadcast live)
Latele (Some matches per round are broadcast live)
2019

The Copa Paraguay is a knockout football competition in men's domestic Paraguayan football, starting in 2018 and succeeding the now defunct Torneo República. The project for its creation was officially presented in December 2017 and approved by the Paraguayan Football Association's Executive Committee on 20 February 2018.[1]

The competition starts in April and concludes in November, with the winner of the cup qualifying for the following year's Copa Sudamericana. If the cup winner has already qualified for South American competitions through the league, then the cup runner-up (or the third-placed team) will qualify. If the top three teams have all already qualified for South American competitions through the league, then the best-placed team in the Paraguayan Primera División that has not yet qualified for an international competition will qualify for the Copa Sudamericana.[2]

Format[edit]

For its first edition in 2018, the competition was divided into two stages: a preliminary stage and the national stage.

In the preliminary stage, teams from the Primera B, Primera C, and the UFI competed for 20 berths to the national stage: 7 Primera B teams, 6 from the Primera C, and 7 from the UFI qualified for the next stage of the competition.

In the national stage, the 12 Primera División teams and the 16 División Intermedia teams entered the competition, for a total of 48 teams which were drawn into 24 ties, with the winners qualifying for the second round. The 12 second round winners as well as the four best losers advanced to the round of 16. From that point onwards, the Copa Paraguay continued as a single-elimination tournament.[3]

However, starting from the following edition, the competition was expanded from 48 to 64 teams, allowing for greater participation from teams from the lower tiers and scrapping the preliminary round.[4] It will continue being a single-elimination tournament, with all teams entering the competition in the first stage.

Results[edit]

Year Winners Final score Runners-up Third place Fourth place
2018 Guaraní 2–2 (5–3 p) Olimpia Sportivo Luqueño Resistencia
2019

Performance by club[edit]

Club Winners Runners-up Winning Years Runners-up Years
Guaraní
1
0
2018
Olimpia
0
1
2018

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Copa Paraguay, en abril". objetivo.com.py. 20 February 2018.
  2. ^ "La Copa Paraguay otorgará un cupo directo a la Sudamericana". d10.paraguay.com. 9 February 2018.
  3. ^ "La Copa Paraguay ya tiene formato". extra.com.py. 24 December 2017.
  4. ^ "Más equipos en Copa Paraguay para el 2019". HOY. 11 August 2018. Retrieved 19 May 2019.