In 2002, do to disputes with the Portuguese League Association, the Federation refused to considerer the League Champion as National Champion. So, the Portuguese Handball Federation reformulated the competitions, creating Divisão de Elite and considering is champion, National Champion, although being the second handball league in Portugal. The worsts are relegated to Portuguese Handball Second Division (renamed First Division during that period). Teams could only get to Liga Portuguesa de Andebol by candidature, because LPA was a closed league.
The best and most important Portuguese handball teams competed in Portuguese League with exception of Sporting CP which competed in Divisão de Elite
In the end of season 2005-2006, with the ending of de dispute between league and Federation was exctint Divisão de Elite.