Football in Panama

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Football in Panama
Country Panama
Governing body Federación Panameña de Fútbol
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 Panama is run by the Federación Panameña de Fútbol. The association administers the national football team, as well as the ANAPROF.[1] Football is the second most popular sport in Panama, after baseball.[2] Panama qualified for the 2018 FIFA World Cup.[3]

Domestic football[edit]

In 1988 professional football was established in Panama.[4] Gary Stempel is considered a influential figure in improving Panama football.[5][6]

League system[edit]




Liga Panameña de Fútbol
10 clubs


Liga Nacional de Ascenso
14 clubs divided in 2 series of 7


Copa Rommel Fernández
22 clubs divided in 3 series, two of 9 clubs and one of 4 clubs


Panamanian Regional Leagues
10 leagues

National team[edit]

The 2010s the national team has experienced it's greatest success being runners-up in the Gold Cup.[1] and qualifying for 2018 world cup.[7][8]