Peruvian football league system

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The Peruvian football league system is a complex system. Though the general outline includes the Torneo Descentralizado, Segunda División and Copa Perú, the Copa Perú is very large involving several stages and leagues within it. In addition, the Copa Perú is played within a year. Therefore, clubs who reach level 3 of the pyramid (National stage of the Copa Perú) will have climbed 4 levels in a one-year period.

The system[edit]

Both the Segunda División and Copa Perú promote one club to the Campeonato Descentralizado. In addition, the Copa Perú promotes another club to the Segunda División. However, beginning in 2011, the Copa Perú will promote only to level 2 of the pyramid.

Level Division(s)/League(s)
1 Primera División
(Torneo Descentralizado or Copa Movistar)
16 clubs
2 Segunda División
(Torneo de Ascenso)
16 clubs
National stage
(Copa Perú)
16 clubs
3 National stage (First stage)
(Copa Perú)
Champions and Runners-up of each departamental league


Ligas Departamentales (Departmental stage)
Variable number of clubs

Ligas Superiores 4 leagues
Liga Superior del Callao
Liga Superior de Lambayeque
Liga Superior de Piura
Liga Superior de Tumbes

5 Liga Provinciales (Provincial stage)
6 Ligas Distritales First Division (District stage)
7 Ligas Distritales Second Division
8 Ligas Distritales Third Division

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