Peruvian Segunda División

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Peruvian Segunda División
Liga 2 Peru.png
Number of teams12
Level on pyramid2
Promotion toLiga 1
Relegation toCopa Perú
Domestic cup(s)Copa Bicentenario
Current championsAtlético Grau
Most championshipsCarlos Concha
Ciclista Lima
Deportivo Municipal
Guardia Republicana
Mariscal Sucre
Sport Boys
Unión Callao
Unión Huaral (3 titles each)
TV partnersMovistar's Gol Perú
Current: 2021 season

The Liga 2 (Ligue 2) of Peru is the second-highest division in the Peruvian football league system. It is a professional and promotional division organized by the Peruvian Football Federation. After years of changing numbers of clubs, as of 2021 the league includes 12 clubs.


The format of the Second Division has changed over the years. For decades after it was first formed in 1936, only clubs from the Department of Lima participated in the annual tournament. The winner was promoted to the Primera Division Peruana (First Division), the professional league.

  • 1988-1990, the winner was promoted to the Regional Metropolitan League (Torneo Metropolitano Regional).
  • 1991, there was no promotion because the First Division was undergoing major changes.
  • 1992, the format changed again. This time the winner of the tournament would play against the winners of the northern, southern and central regions in order to be promoted.
  • 1993-1997, the former system, in which the winner was directly promoted to the first division, was used.
  • 1998, the winner of the Second Division played a game against the second-to-last placed club of the First Division, to determine which would be in the First Division.
  • 1999-2003, the former system of promotion and relegation was used.
  • 2004-2008, a new format was adopted, in which the winner and runner-up of the Second Division would play in the Round of 16 of the Copa Perú.
  • 2009, the winner of the tournament was promoted to the First Division, while the last team was relegated from the tournament and played in the 2010 edition of the Copa Perú. Their places were taken by the two relegated clubs of the First Division, and the team that finished in third place in the 2009 Copa Perú.
  • 2010, the former system, in which the winner was directly promoted to the first division, was used. Two teams left the tournament before its start which reduced the number of teams participating back to ten.
  • 2011, Ten teams played a home and way tournament and split the second half into two groups, the top five teams from the previous stage decided the Champion while the bottom five fought against relegation.
  • 2012, the former system, in which the winner was directly promoted to the first division, was used. Two teams left the tournament before its start which reduced the number of teams to ten and automatically relegated them to the 2013 edition of the Copa Peru.
  • 2013, the leagues was expanded to 16 teams. A rigorous financial stability check was implemented which only 14 teams passed. Two teams were relegated to the 2014 edition of the Copa Peru.

Competition format and sponsorship[edit]

Logo for ADFP Segunda División

Since 2006, the winner of the tournament is promoted to the First Division, while the last two teams are relegated from the tournament to the Departamental Stage of the Copa Perú. Their places are taken by the two relegated clubs from the First Division, and the team that finishes second place in the Copa Perú.


Liga 2 is sponsored by Movistar's Gol Perú which has exclusive broadcasting rights.


The Segunda División has received numerous criticisms, chiefly due to the lack of stability in the process of competition and promotion, and the lack of professionalism.[1]

Team count[edit]

The Segunda División has changed the number of teams that operate in the league several times. Over the course of 74 years, the Segunda has had as few as four teams and as many as 16. The early Segunda División were played with an average number of teams ranging from 4 to 10. Prior to the current 12-club Segunda División, during the 2000s, the team count continued to fluctuate between 10, 12, 14, 16 and even a surprising 13. For example, 12 teams competed in 2009, 10 competed in 2008, 11 competed in 2007, and 12 teams competed from 2004-2006. The over-all goal of the organization is to have a stable league of 16 teams.

Artificial turf[edit]

Several stadiums used in the second division have artificial grass installed for the so-called massification of sport.[2] Most stadiums in Peru are owned by the IPD (Instituto Peruano del Deporte), which is the state group responsible for supporting the use of artificial turf. This has been severely criticized by top division teams and the media. At first, these artificial turfs were installed for the 2005 FIFA U-17 World Cup; however, more artificial turf was installed in other stadiums after the U-17 World Cup concluded.[3] These turfs are criticized for having a negative influence on the game and for the injuries which they cause to players.


Currently, 12 clubs participate in Liga 2. There are currently no teams from the Lima Metropolitan area with all clubs representing cities from the country's interior. The number of clubs has fluctuated season by season from 10 to 16 teams participating in the tournament.

Ciclista Lima, Unión Huaral, Deportivo Municipal, Guardia Republicana, Mariscal Sucre, Unión Callao, Telmo Carbajo, Sport Boys, Unión Gonzáles Prada, and Carlos Concha trail behind with 3 titles. Universidad César Vallejo, Total Clean, Cobresol, José Gálvez, Los Caimanes, and Comerciantes Unidos are the only clubs outside the metropolitan area of Lima to have won a Segunda Division championship. In addition, Alianza Lima, Atlético Chalaco, Centro Iqueño, Defensor Lima, Municipal, Mariscal Sucre, San Agustín, Sport Boys, and Unión Huaral are the only teams that have been champions of the First and Second Division.

Since the Second Division became a nation-wide tournament in 2006, 20 of the 25 regions have had representative teams in the Segunda División/Liga 2. The only five regions that have never had a representative are Amazonas, Huancavelica, Madre de Dios, Pasco, and Tumbes.

Stadia and Locations[edit]

Team City Stadium[4] Capacity[5]
Atlético Grau Piura Miguel Grau 25,000
Carlos Stein Chiclayo César Flores Marigorda 7,000
Comerciantes Unidos Cutervo Juan Maldonado Gamarra 12,000
Cultural Santa Rosa Andahuaylas Monumental de Condebamba 10,000
Deportivo Coopsol San Vicente de Cañete Roberto Yáñez 5,000
Deportivo Llacuabamba Cajamarca Héroes de San Ramón 18,000
Juan Aurich Chiclayo Municipal de la Juventud 2,000
Pirata Olmos Francisco Mendoza Pizarro 5,000
Santos Nasca José Picasso Peratta 8,000
Sport Chavelines Pacasmayo Carlos A. Olivares 2,000
Unión Comercio Nueva Cajamarca IPD de Moyobamba 12,000
Unión Huaral Huaral Julio Lores Colan 10,000


Peruvian Segunda División had amateur status since its foundation until 1987. In the course of this era, Telmo Carbajo, Ciclista Lima, Unión Callao, Carlos Concha and Mariscal Sucre shared the most titles. The first run from 1936 to 1987 featured clubs only from Lima and Callao. In 1988 the league obtained professional status and in 2006 expanded the league to the entire nation, beginning the Segunda División Nacional.

Segunda División Metropolitana (1943–1987)[edit]

Season Champion Runner-up Third Place
1943 Telmo Carbajo Progresista Apurímac Ciclista Lima
1944 Ciclista Lima Telmo Carbajo Santiago Barranco
1945 Santiago Barranco Atlético Lusitania Ciclista Lima
1946 Ciclista Lima Unión Callao Atlético Lusitania
1947 Jorge Chávez (C) Santiago Barranco Unión Callao
1948 Centro Iqueño Santiago Barranco Unión Callao
1949 Jorge Chávez (C) Ciclista Lima Unión Callao
1950 Unión Callao Association Chorrillos Unión Carbone
1951 Association Chorrillos Atlético Lusitania Santiago Barranco
1952 Unión Callao Porvenir Miraflores Santiago Barranco
1953 Carlos Concha Atlético Lusitania Jorge Chávez (C)
1954 Unión Callao KDT Nacional Atlético Lusitania
1955 Carlos Concha Porvenir Miraflores Unión América
1956 Porvenir Miraflores Unión América Unidad Vecinal Nº3
1957 Mariscal Castilla Carlos Concha Santiago Barranco
1958 Unión América Porvenir Miraflores Carlos Concha
1959 Mariscal Sucre KDT Nacional Porvenir Miraflores
1960 Defensor Lima Carlos Concha KDT Nacional
1961 KDT Nacional Association Chorrillos Unidad Vecinal Nº3
1962 Mariscal Sucre Carlos Concha Porvenir Miraflores
1963 Carlos Concha Porvenir Miraflores Atlético Lusitania
1964 Defensor Arica Porvenir Miraflores Atlético Chalaco
1965 Mariscal Sucre Íntimos de la Legua Juventud Gloria
1966 Porvenir Miraflores Racing Íntimos de la Legua
1967 KDT Nacional Independiente Sacachispas ADO
1968 Deportivo Municipal ADO Carlos Concha
1969 SIMA Mariscal Sucre Ciclista Lima
1970 ADO Centro Iqueño
1971 SIMA Atlético Chalaco Mariscal Sucre
1972 Atlético Chalaco Porvenir Miraflores Mariscal Sucre
1973–1982 No Tournament
1983 Unión Gonzáles Prada San Agustín Cantolao
1984 Unión Gonzáles Prada Juventud La Joya San Agustín
1985 Alcides Vigo Centro Iqueño Cantolao
1986 Internazionale AELU Juventud Progreso
1987 AELU

Segunda División Metropolitana Profesional (1988–2005)[edit]

Season Champion Runner-up Third Place
1988 Defensor Lima Juventud La Palma Sport Boys
1989 Sport Boys Juventud La Palma Guardia Republicana
1990 Hijos de Yurimaguas Walter Ormeño Juventud La Palma
1991 Enrique Lau Chun Deportivo Zúñiga Guardia Republicana
1992 Unión Huaral Ciclista Lima Guardia Republicana
1993 Ciclista Lima Guardia Republicana Alcides Vigo
1994 Unión Huaral Hijos de Yurimaguas Deportivo Zúñiga
1995 Guardia Republicana Deportivo Zúñiga Lawn Tennis
1996 Alcides Vigo Hijos de Yurimaguas Unión Huaral
1997 Lawn Tennis Bella Esperanza Hijos de Yurimaguas
1998 Hijos de Yurimaguas Alcides Vigo AELU
1999 América Cochahuayco Sporting Cristal B Alcides Vigo
2000 Deportivo Aviación Alcides Vigo Hijos de Yurimaguas
2001 Alcides Vigo AELU Bella Esperanza
2002 Unión Huaral Defensor Villa del Mar Sporting Cristal B
2003 Sport Coopsol Sporting Cristal B Olímpico Somos Perú
2004 Olimpico Aurora Deportivo Municipal Unión de Campeones
2005 Olimpico Aurora Deportivo Aviación Deportivo Municipal

Segunda División Nacional (2006–2018)[edit]

Season Champion Runner-up Third Place
2006 Deportivo Municipal Universidad San Marcos Deportivo Aviación
2007 Universidad César Vallejo Atlético Minero UTC
2008 Total Clean Inti Gas Sport Águila
2009 Sport Boys Cobresol Deportivo Coopsol
2010 Cobresol Sport Áncash Hijos de Acosvinchos
2011 José Gálvez Deportivo Coopsol Alianza Unicachi
2012 Pacífico Deportivo Coopsol Los Caimanes
2013 Los Caimanes Alfonso Ugarte Atlético Torino
2014 Deportivo Municipal Deportivo Coopsol Carlos A. Mannucci
2015 Comerciantes Unidos Los Caimanes Atlético Torino
2016 Cantolao Sport Ancash Cienciano
2017 Sport Boys Universidad César Vallejo Hualgayoc
2018 Universidad César Vallejo Carlos A. Mannucci Cienciano

Liga 2 (2019–present)[edit]

Season Champion Runner-up Third Place
2019 Cienciano Alianza Atlético Juan Aurich
2020 Alianza Atlético Juan Aurich Unión Huaral
2021 Atlético Grau Carlos Stein Sport Chavelines

Titles by club[edit]

Club Titles Runners-up Seasons won Seasons runner-up
Carlos Concha 3 3 1953, 1955, 1963 1957, 1960, 1962
Ciclista Lima 3 2 1944, 1946, 1993 1949, 1992
Deportivo Municipal 3 1 1968, 2006, 2014 2004
Guardia Republicana 3 1 1985, 1987, 1995 1993
Mariscal Sucre 3 1 1959, 1962, 1965 1969
Unión Callao 3 1 1950, 1952, 1954 1946
Sport Boys 3 0 1989, 2009, 2017
Unión Huaral 3 0 1992, 1994, 2002
Porvenir Miraflores 2 6 1956, 1966 1952, 1955, 1958, 1963, 1964, 1972
Santiago Barranco 2 3 1941, 1945 1940, 1947, 1948
Alcides Vigo 2 2 1996, 2001 1998, 2000
Hijos de Yurimaguas 2 2 1990, 1998 1994, 1996
KDT Nacional 2 2 1961, 1967 1954, 1959
Defensor Lima 2 0 1960, 1988
Olímpico Aurora 2 1 2004, 2005 2008
Universidad César Vallejo 2 1 2007, 2018 2017
SIMA 2 0 1969, 1971
Jorge Chávez (C) 2 0 1947, 1949
Unión Gonzáles Prada 2 0 1983, 1984
AELU 1 3 1987 1984, 1986, 2001
Centro Iqueño 1 3 1948 1939, 1941, 1970
Juventud La Palma 1 2 1981 1988, 1989
Association Chorrillos 1 2 1951 1950, 1961
ADO 1 1 1970 1968
Alianza Atlético 1 1 2020 2019
Atlético Chalaco 1 1 1972 1971
Cobresol 1 1 2010 2009
Deportivo Aviación 1 1 2000 2005
Los Caimanes 1 1 2013 2015
Telmo Carbajo 1 1 1943 1944
Unión América 1 1 1958 1956
América Cochahuayco 1 0 1999
Atlético Grau 1 0 2021
Cantolao 1 0 2016
Cienciano 1 0 2019
Comerciantes Unidos 1 0 2015
Compañía Peruana de Teléfonos 1 0 1975
Defensor Arica 1 0 1964
Enrique Lau Chun 1 0 1991
Internazionale 1 0 1986
José Gálvez 1 0 2011
Lawn Tennis 1 0 1997
Mariscal Castilla 1 0 1957
Pacífico 1 0 2012
San Agustín 1 0 1984
Sport Coopsol 1 0 2003
Total Clean 1 0 2008

Titles by region[edit]

Region Nº of titles Clubs
Lima Lima 45 Ciclista Lima (4), Unión Huaral (4), Deportivo Municipal (3), Guardia Republicana (3), Mariscal Sucre (3), Unión Gonzáles Prada (3), Alcides Vigo (2), Defensor Lima (2), Olímpico Aurora (2), Porvenir Miraflores (2), América Cochahuayco (1), AELU (1), Association Chorrillos (1), Centro Iqueño (1), Compañía Peruana de Teléfonos (1), Defensor Arica (1), Deportivo Aviación (1), Enrique Lau Chun (1), Juventud La Palma (1), Lawn Tennis (1), Mariscal Castilla (1), Pacífico (1), San Agustín (1), Santiago Barranco (1), Sport Coopsol (1), Internazionale (1), Unión América (1)
Callao Callao 20 Carlos Concha (3), Unión Callao (3), Sport Boys (3), Hijos de Yurimaguas (2), Jorge Chávez (C) (2), KDT Nacional (2), SIMA (2), Atlético Chalaco (1), ADO (1), Cantolao (1), Telmo Carbajo (1)
La Libertad Region La Libertad 2 Universidad César Vallejo (2)
Department of Piura Piura 2 Alianza Atlético (1), Atlético Grau (1)
Ancash Ancash 1 José Gálvez (1)
Arequipa Arequipa 1 Total Clean (1)
Department of Cajamarca Cajamarca 1 Comerciantes Unidos (1)
Cusco Cusco 1 Cienciano (1)
Department of Lambayeque Lambayeque 1 Los Caimanes (1)
Department of Moquegua Moquegua 1 Cobresol (1)

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Becker, Wolfy (6 March 2007). "The dreadful situation of Peruvian football". Wolfy Becker. Archived from the original on 31 January 2009. Retrieved 15 June 2009.
  2. ^ "Woodman: "No habrá cambio de césped en el Elías Aguirre"" [There will not be changes to the field in the Elías Aguirre] (in Spanish). Retrieved 26 April 2010. Agregó que de ninguna manera se cambiara el césped sintético a los demás estadios del país que tienen este tipo de gramado. 'Nosotros estamos para masificar el deporte y el pasto sintético es un tema apoyado por la FIFA.... Además sí se puede jugar al fútbol, como se juega en todos lados' subrayó Woodman.
  3. ^ "Three Companies re-sign agreement". FIFA. Retrieved 26 May 2010. Polytan Sportstättenbau GmbH, the German-based company, won the tender for installing 4 fields in Peru, all of which were used for the FIFA U-17 World Championship Peru 2005. This was the first time a FIFA Final tournament was played entirely on artificial turf.
  4. ^ Most stadiums are owned by the Instituto Peruano del Deporte (IPD).
  5. ^ "Peru". Archived from the original on 25 February 2008. Retrieved 2008-02-02.

External links[edit]

  • FPF Official Federation Website