List of top-division football clubs in CONMEBOL countries

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A map of the world. With a few exceptions, each colour corresponds to a continent. The green area, marked "CONMEBOL", covers most of South America.
  CONMEBOL countries on this map of the world's six football confederations

The South American Football Confederation (CONMEBOL) is the administrative and controlling body for association football in most of South America. It consists of 10 member associations, each of which is responsible for governing football in their respective countries.[1] It includes all countries and territories within South America, with the exceptions of Guyana, French Guiana, Suriname, which are part of CONCACAF, and the disputed British and Argentine territory of the Falkland Islands, which is not a member of any confederation.[1] Each CONMEBOL member has its own football league system.[2] Clubs playing in each top-level league compete for the title as the country's club champion. Clubs also compete in the league and national cup competitions (if applicable) for places in the following season's CONMEBOL club competitions, the Copa Libertadores and Copa Sudamericana. Due to promotion and relegation, the clubs playing in the top-level league are different every season.

Club name Club finished the previous season as the league champion.
Club name Club won the most recent Apertura championship.
Club name Club won the most recent Clausura championship.
Club name Club won the most recent Apertura and Clausura championships.

For clubs playing at lower divisions, see the separate articles linked to in the relevant sections.

Argentina[edit]

The Primera División is the top level of Argentine football league, and is organized by the Argentine Football Association. Founded in 1893, it currently consists of 30 teams, but is planned to reduce in size to 24 teams by the 2019–20 season. The professional era started in 1931 when professionalism was instituted. Teams from Argentina have won the most international titles with a tally of 61, which includes 22 Copa Libertadores.[3] Currently, the league is regarded as one of the strongest leagues in the world.[4]

As of the 2018–19 season:[5]

Club City
Aldosivi Mar del Plata
Argentinos Juniors Buenos Aires
Atlético Tucumán Tucumán
Banfield Banfield
Belgrano Córdoba
Boca Juniors Buenos Aires
Colón Santa Fe
Defensa y Justicia Florencio Varela
Estudiantes (LP) La Plata
Gimnasia (LP) La Plata
Godoy Cruz Godoy Cruz
Huracán Buenos Aires
Independiente Avellaneda
Lanús Lanús
Newell's Old Boys Rosario
Patronato Paraná
Racing Avellaneda
River Plate Buenos Aires
Rosario Central Rosario
San Lorenzo Buenos Aires
San Martín (SJ) San Juan
San Martín (T) Tucumán
Talleres (C) Córdoba
Tigre Victoria
Unión Santa Fe
Vélez Sarsfield Buenos Aires

Bolivia[edit]

Bolivia's first division started in 1977 as the Liga de Fútbol Profesional Boliviano (English: Bolivian Professional Football League), though football had been played in Bolivia since the early 1900s, specially in La Paz and Oruro.[6]

As of the 2018 season:[7]

Locations of the 2018 Primera División teams.
Club City
Aurora Cochabamba
Blooming Santa Cruz
Bolívar La Paz
Destroyers Santa Cruz
Guabirá Montero
Jorge Wilstermann Cochabamba
Nacional Potosí Potosí
Oriente Petrolero Santa Cruz
Real Potosí Potosí
Royal Pari Santa Cruz
San José Oruro
Sport Boys Warnes
The Strongest La Paz
Universitario Sucre

Brazil[edit]

Three-time FIFA World Cup winners Mário Zagallo and Pelé both spent the majority of their careers in Brazil.

Campeonato Brasileiro was created in 1959 as a knockout tournament between state champions. From 1967 to 1987 the best clubs of each state championships were separated in several groups with final play-offs or a final group stage. Every year some aspects of format, number of entrants and rules were changed.[8] Promotion and relegation rules were adopted in 1988, and since 2003 a double round robin format is played every year from May to December.

As of the 2018 season:

Club City
América Mineiro Belo Horizonte
Atlético Mineiro Belo Horizonte
Atlético Paranaense Curitiba
Bahia Salvador
Botafogo Rio de Janeiro
Ceará Fortaleza
Chapecoense Chapecó
Corinthians São Paulo
Cruzeiro Belo Horizonte
Flamengo Rio de Janeiro
Fluminense Rio de Janeiro
Grêmio Porto Alegre
Internacional Porto Alegre
Palmeiras São Paulo
Paraná Curitiba
Santos Santos
São Paulo São Paulo
Sport Recife
Vasco da Gama Rio de Janeiro
Vitória Salvador

Chile[edit]

The Primera División del Fútbol Profesional Chileno was founded on January 24, 1926, and is currently ranked 14th in the IFFHS Best Leagues of the World ranking.[9] In 2016, the league is also known as Campeonato Scotiabank.

As of the 2018 season:[10]

Club City (Commune)
Audax Italiano Santiago (La Florida)
Colo-Colo Santiago (Macul)
Curicó Unido Curicó
Deportes Antofagasta Antofagasta
Deportes Iquique Iquique
Deportes Temuco Temuco
Everton Viña del Mar
Huachipato Talcahuano
O'Higgins Rancagua
Palestino Santiago (La Cisterna)
San Luis Quillota
Unión Española Santiago (Independencia)
Unión La Calera La Calera
Universidad Católica Santiago (Las Condes)
Universidad de Chile Santiago (Ñuñoa)
Universidad de Concepción Concepción

Colombia[edit]

The Categoría Primera A has been in existence since 1948. As of 2015, brewery company Bavaria sponsors the league, which is currently called Liga Águila after one of the company's brands. The league is rated 21st in the world according to IFFHS.[11]

As of 2018 season:
Club City
Alianza Petrolera Barrancabermeja
América de Cali Cali
Atlético Bucaramanga Bucaramanga
Atlético Huila Neiva
Atlético Nacional Medellín
Boyacá Chicó Tunja
Deportes Tolima Ibagué
Deportivo Cali Cali
Deportivo Pasto Pasto
Envigado Envigado
Independiente Medellín Medellín
Jaguares Montería
Junior Barranquilla
La Equidad Bogotá
Leones Itagüí
Millonarios Bogotá
Once Caldas Manizales
Patriotas Tunja
Rionegro Águilas Rionegro
Santa Fe Bogotá

Ecuador[edit]

LDU Quito in 1930.

The Serie A has its roots in the national championship between the top teams of Ecuador's two regional leagues. Since the first tournament in 1957, a national champion has been crowned 51 times on a yearly basis (except 1958 & 1959), and twice in 2005.[12] The current format is new for the 2010 season and consists of three stages.[13][14]

As of the 2018 season:[15]

Club City
Aucas Quito
Barcelona Guayaquil
Delfín Manta
Deportivo Cuenca Cuenca
El Nacional Quito
Emelec Guayaquil
Guayaquil City Guayaquil
Independiente del Valle Sangolquí
LDU Quito Quito
Macará Ambato
Técnico Universitario Ambato
Universidad Católica Quito

Paraguay[edit]

Liga Paraguaya's first game was played in 1906.[16] It joined CONMEBOL in 1921, and FIFA in 1925. The professional era of the competition in the Liga started in 1941. During the 1990s, the FA changed its denomination from Liga Paraguaya del Futbol to Asociacion Paraguaya de Futbol. Currently, the league is regarded as one of the top 10 national competitions in the world.[17][18]

As of the 2018 season:[19]

Club City
3 de Febrero Ciudad del Este
Cerro Porteño Asunción
Deportivo Capiatá Capiatá
Deportivo Santaní San Estanislao
General Díaz Luque
Guaraní Asunción
Independiente Asunción
Libertad Asunción
Nacional Asunción
Olimpia Asunción
Sol de América Villa Elisa
Sportivo Luqueño Luque

Peru}[edit]

The Liga Peruana de Football (Peruvian Football League) was first founded in 1912 and organized the Primera División, as well as the Segunda División, until 1921. Due to disagreements in the organization of the Liga Peruana de Football, the Peruvian Football Federation was founded in 1922 and organized its first league in 1926. In 1941 the Asociación No Amateur took the stand as the league's organizer and renamed the league Campeonato de Selección y Competencia.[20][21]

As of the 2018 season:[22]

Club City
Alianza Lima Lima
Ayacucho Ayacucho
Binacional Arequipa
Cantolao Callao
Comerciantes Unidos Cutervo
Melgar Arequipa
Municipal Lima
Real Garcilaso Cusco
Sport Boys Callao
Sport Huancayo Huancayo
Sport Rosario Huaraz
Sporting Cristal Lima
Unión Comercio Nueva Cajamarca
Universidad San Martín Callao
Universidad Técnica de Cajamarca Cajamarca
Universitario Lima

Uruguay[edit]

Locations of the 2018 season teams outside Montevideo.

Liga Profesional de Primera División, the top-flight professional football league in Uruguay, was founded in 1900 and is currently contested by 16 teams. In 2016, the league underwent a transition from the European calendar to a year calendar, which is used from the 2017 season onwards.

As of 2018 season:[23]

Club City
Atenas San Carlos
Boston River Las Piedras
Cerro Montevideo
Danubio Montevideo
Defensor Sporting Montevideo
El Tanque Sisley Florida
Fénix Montevideo
Liverpool Montevideo
Montevideo Wanderers Montevideo
Nacional Montevideo
Peñarol Montevideo
Progreso Montevideo
Racing Montevideo
Rampla Juniors Montevideo
River Plate Montevideo
Torque San José de Mayo

Venezuela[edit]

The Primera División was created in 1921 and turned professional in 1957. The 2016 season consisted of 20 clubs, a number that was reduced to 18 for the following season. Currently, the league is rated 41st in the world by IFFHS.[24]

As of 2018 season:

Club City
Academia Puerto Cabello Puerto Cabello
Aragua Maracay
Atlético Venezuela Caracas
Carabobo Valencia
Caracas Caracas
Deportivo Anzoátegui Puerto La Cruz
Deportivo La Guaira Caracas
Deportivo Lara Cabudare
Deportivo Táchira San Cristóbal
Estudiantes de Caracas Caracas
Estudiantes de Mérida Mérida
Metropolitanos Caracas
Mineros de Guayana Ciudad Guayana
Monagas Maturín
Portuguesa Acarigua
Trujillanos Valera
Zamora Barinas
Zulia Maracaibo

References[edit]

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  4. ^ IFFHS (5 January 2010). "La Mejor Liga de Fútbol del Mundo 2009" (in Spanish). Retrieved 5 January 2010.
  5. ^ "Estadisticas de Primera División" (in Spanish). Argentine Football Association. Archived from the original on 25 July 2015. Retrieved 17 October 2016.
  6. ^ "Lista de Campeones bolivianos" (in Spanish). RSSSF.
  7. ^ "IV – 2010 Campeonato Clausura Entel" (in Spanish). Liga de Fútbol Profesional Boliviano. Archived from the original on 2011-07-06.
  8. ^ Revista Placar Guia do Brasileirão 2008 e 2009
  9. ^ IFFHS
  10. ^ "Campeonato Nacional Scotiabank 2016" (in Spanish). Chilean Primera División. Archived from the original on 2010-08-14.
  11. ^ IFFHS (24 September 2013). "La Mejor Liga de Fútbol del Mundo 2012".
  12. ^ Futbolizados Ecuador (18 March 2010). "Campeonato Ecuatoriano se llamará Copa CREDIFE hasta 2014". futbolizados.com. Archived from the original on 2011-07-11. Retrieved 2010-08-14.
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  16. ^ "Paraguay - League History 1906-1964" (in Spanish). RSSSF.
  17. ^ "La Ligas más Fuertes del Mundo en 2009: Primeras tendencias". IFFHS. July 2009. Retrieved 24–07–09. Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
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  20. ^ "Campeones del Futbol Peruano Primera Division". FPF. Archived from the original on 17 June 2011. Retrieved 27 August 2009.
  21. ^ "La Asociación". ADFP. Archived from the original on 26 July 2011. Retrieved 27 August 2009. Los campeonatos organizados por la Federación Peruana de Fútbol, en plena era amateur, tuvieron vigencia hasta 1940, en que se crea la ANA (Asociación No Amateur) y cuya existencia alcanzó 10 años.
  22. ^ "Torneos – Clubes Profesionales (Primera División)" [Tournaments – Professional Clubs (Primera División)] (in Spanish). Archived from the original on 2011-06-17. Retrieved June 3, 2010.
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