Primera Divisió

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Primera Divisió
Country Andorra
Confederation UEFA
Founded 1995
Number of teams 8
Level on pyramid 1
Relegation to Segona Divisió
Domestic cup(s) Copa Constitució
Supercopa Andorrana
International cup(s) Champions League
UEFA Europa League
Current champions FC Santa Coloma (10th title)
(2015–16)
Most championships FC Santa Coloma (10 titles)
Website Official site
2016–17 season

The Lliga Nacional de Fútbol, also known as Primera Divisió (First Division) or Campionat de Lliga, is the top football league for the country of Andorra. The league is a semi-professional league: all of the clubs and the majority of the players are part-time.

The league was launched in 1995 sponsored by the local federation (Andorran Football Federation) which was created just one year before, in 1994. Until then the clubs played since 1970 an amateur league without a structure or affiliation with any official institution.[1] After the UEFA and FIFA affiliation in 1996 the Andorran clubs are able to compete in the UEFA competitions.[2] Until 2015 the league was known as Lliga Grup Becier.[3] It was renamed in 2016 as Lliga Grup Sant Eloi for sponsorship reasons.[4]

All the teams in the league play in the same stadiums owned by the federation. The same occurs in all other Andorran competitions, such as Copa Constitució and Supercopa.

FC Andorra, one of the major clubs in the country based in Andorra la Vella have never played in this league. They play in the Spanish league system, because they are registered with the Royal Spanish Football Federation, but the team is mostly composed of players with Andorran nationality.

League System[edit]

The eight clubs that play in the league play each other twice in the same venue. After the first 14 rounds, the best four teams play a competition between them to decide the Andorran champion (play off per al títol), while the other four play to avoid relegation (play off pel descens). The last placed of the relegation round is relegated to Segona Divisió, the second highest football league in Andorra, while the penultimate classified play a two-legged relegation play-off against the runners-up of Segona Divisió. The number of teams of Primera Divisió has changed throughout the league's history:

  • 1995–96: 10 clubs
  • 1996–97: 12 clubs
  • 1997–98: 11 clubs
  • 1998–99: 12 clubs
  • 1999–00: 7 clubs
  • 2000–02: 8 clubs
  • 2002–03: 9 clubs
  • 2003–present: 8 clubs

Qualification for European competitions[edit]

The winner of the league win a place in the UEFA Champions League while the runners-up of the league and the Cup winner win a place in the UEFA Europa League.

Stadiums[edit]

The Andorran Football Federation organizes the matches of Primera Divisió and Segona Divisió in the stadiums owned by the local federation.[5][6] Also the federation distributes the stadiums and fields for the training sessions for each team.[7] Since the 2016–17 season, FC Encamp is the only club that has its own stadium (✚), located in Prada de Moles (Camp de Futbol d'Encamp).[8]

Stadium Location Capacity
Camp d'Esports d'Aixovall Sant Julià de Lòria 1,000
Centre Esportiu d'Alàs Alàs i Cerc (Spain) 1,500
Estadi Comunal d’Andorra la Vella Andorra la Vella 1,300
Centre Esportiu d'Ordino Ordino 200
Centre d'Entrenaments Andorra la Vella 300
Camp de Futbol d'Encamp (✚) Encamp 550

Location of stadiums[edit]

2016–17 clubs[edit]

Team Parish Position in 2015–16
FC Encamp Encamp 7th
FC Lusitanos Andorra la Vella 2nd
FC Ordino Ordino 6th
FC Santa Coloma Andorra la Vella 1st
UE Engordany Escaldes-Engordany 5th
CE Jenlai Escaldes-Engordany 1st, Segona Divisió
UE Santa Coloma Andorra la Vella 4th
UE Sant Julià Sant Julià de Lòria 3rd

Winners[edit]

Season Champion[9] Second place Third place
1994–95 FC Santa Colomaa - -
1995–96 FC Encamp CE Principat FC Santa Coloma
1996–97 CE Principat* FC Andorra Veterans FC Encamp
1997–98 CE Principat* FC Santa Coloma FC Encamp
1998–99 CE Principat* FC Santa Coloma FC Encamp
1999–00 Constel·lació Esportiva* FC Santa Coloma Inter Escaldes
2000–01 FC Santa Coloma* UE Sant Julià Inter Escaldes
2001–02 FC Encamp UE Sant Julià FC Santa Coloma
2002–03 FC Santa Coloma* FC Encamp UE Sant Julià
2003–04 FC Santa Coloma* UE Sant Julià FC Rànger's
2004–05 UE Sant Julià FC Rànger's FC Santa Coloma
2005–06 FC Rànger's UE Sant Julià FC Santa Coloma
2006–07 FC Rànger's FC Santa Coloma UE Sant Julià
2007–08 FC Santa Coloma UE Sant Julià FC Rànger's
2008–09 UE Sant Julià FC Santa Coloma CE Principat
2009–10 FC Santa Coloma UE Santa Coloma UE Sant Julià
2010–11 FC Santa Coloma UE Sant Julià FC Lusitanos
2011–12 FC Lusitanos FC Santa Coloma UE Santa Coloma
2012–13 FC Lusitanos FC Santa Coloma UE Santa Coloma
2013–14 FC Santa Coloma UE Santa Coloma UE Sant Julià
2014–15 FC Santa Coloma FC Lusitanos UE Santa Coloma
2015–16 FC Santa Coloma FC Lusitanos UE Sant Julià
* Team won the double by winning the Copa Constitució the same season.

a: The Andorran Football Federation counts as an official title the 1994-95 amateur league season.[10][11]

Performance by club[edit]

Club Winners Runners-up Third place Winning Years Runner-up Years Third Place Years
FC Santa Colomac 10 7 4 1995, 2001, 2003, 2004, 2008, 2010, 2011, 2014, 2015, 2016 1998, 1999, 2000, 2007, 2009, 2012, 2013 1996, 2002, 2005, 2006
CE Principatb 3 1 1 1997, 1998, 1999 1996 2009
UE Sant Juliàc 2 6 5 2005, 2009 2001, 2002, 2004, 2006, 2008, 2011 2003, 2007, 2010, 2014, 2016
FC Lusitanos 2 2 1 2012, 2013 2015, 2016 2011
FC Encamp 2 1 3 1996, 2002 2003 1997, 1998, 1999
FC Rànger's 2 1 2 2006, 2007 2005 2004, 2008
Constel·lació Esportivab 1 0 0 2000
UE Santa Coloma 0 2 3 2010, 2014 2012, 2013, 2015
FC Andorra Veteransa 0 1 0 1997
Inter d'Escaldes 0 0 2 2000, 2001

Bold: indicates clubs currently playing in the top division.
a: Club currently out of competition.
b: Club dissolved.
c: Founder members that have never been relegated from Primera Divisió.

Performance by parish[edit]

Parish
Winners
Runners-up
Third place
Winning Clubs
Escut d'Andorra la Vella.svg Andorra la Vella 18 14 10 FC Santa Coloma (10), CE Principat (3), FC Rànger's (2), FC Lusitanos (2), Constel·lació Esportiva (1)
Escut de Sant Julià de Lòria.svg Sant Julià de Lòria 2 6 5 UE Sant Julià (2)
Escut d'Encamp.svg Encamp 2 1 3 FC Encamp (2)
Escut d'Escaldes-Engordany.svg Escaldes-Engordany 0 0 2

All-time Primera Divisió table[edit]

The All-time Primera Divisió table is an overall record of all match results, points, and goals of every team that has played since its inception in 1995. The table is accurate as of the end of the 2015–16 season. Teams in bold are part of the 2015–16 Primera Divisió. Play-offs games are not included.

Pos Team S Pts GP W D L GF GA 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th T Debut Since/Last App Best
1 FC Santa Coloma 21 416 274 83 59 1152 348 905 9 7 4 1 21 1995–96 1995–96 1
2 Sant Julià 21 416 225 80 111 1064 531 755 2 6 5 3 1 17 1995–96 1995–96 1
3 Principat 19 376 169 53 154 852 695 560 3 1 1 2 6 13 1995–96 2013–14 1
4 Lusitanos 16 322 147 51 124 649 499 492 2 2 1 6 3 14 2000–01 2000–01 1
5 Encamp 17 336 136 60 140 648 639 468 2 1 3 2 8 1995–96 2012–13 1
6 Inter d'Escaldes 20 396 128 50 218 563 868 434 2 3 3 8 1995–96 2014–15 3
7 UE Santa Coloma 8 160 88 29 43 384 190 293 2 3 2 1 8 2008–09 2008–09 2
8 Rànger's 9 182 89 22 71 397 383 289 2 1 2 1 6 2001–02 2011–12 1
9 Engordany 8 160 42 15 103 212 536 141 1 1 2003–04 2014–15 5
10 Sporting d'Escaldes 8 150 37 27 86 227 449 138 1 1 1995–96 2002–03 5
11 La Massana 5 102 24 33 55 126 249 95 1 1 1995–96 2000–01 5
12 Ordino 3 60 27 10 23 109 107 91 2 2 2013–14 2013–14 5
13 Constel·lació 2 34 23 2 9 122 41 71 1 1 2 1998–99 1999–00 1
14 FC Andorra Veterans 2 42 22 5 15 104 95 71 1 1 1996–97 1997–98 2
15 Aldosa 2 40 19 4 17 70 66 61 1 1 2 1995–96 1996–97 4
16 Atlètic d'Escaldes 3 60 17 7 36 58 129 58 2004–05 2006–07 6
17 Benito 2 42 16 6 20 63 81 54 1997–98 1998–99 7
18 Engolasters 2 42 11 8 23 54 74 41 1997–98 1998–99 6
19 Gimnàstic Valira 3 64 7 6 51 81 264 27 1996–97 1998–99 6
20 Extremenya 3 64 7 3 54 55 266 24 1998–99 2005–06 8
21 Les Bons 1 22 6 4 12 37 66 22 1996–97 1996–97 10
22 CE Benfica 2 40 3 4 33 28 165 13 2007–08 2010–11 8
23 Spordany Juvenil 2 40 4 0 16 48 238 12 2007–08 1996–97 9
24 Penya Encarnada 1 20 1 3 16 15 58 6 2015–16 2015–16 8
25 Construccions Emprimo 1 18 1 1 16 18 78 4 1995–96 1995–96 10
26 Jenlai 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2016–17 2016–17

League or status at 2016–17 season:

2016–17 Primera Divisió
2016–17 Segona Divisió
Clubs that no longer exist

Topscorers[edit]

Year Best scorers Team Goals
1995–96 - - -
1996–97 Andorra Patricio González CE Principat 25
1997–98 Spain Rafael Sánchez FC Santa Coloma 36
1998–99 - - -
1999–00 - - -
2000–01 - - -
2001–02 - - -
2002–03 - - -
2003–04 Portugal Jorge Filipe Sa Silva UE Sant Julià 16
2004–05 - - -
2005–06 - - -
2006–07 Argentina Norberto Urbani FC Rànger's 14
Andorra Joan Toscano FC Santa Coloma 14
2007–08 - - -
2008–09 Argentina Norberto Urbani FC Rànger's 22
2009–10 Andorra Gabi Riera UE Sant Julià 19
2010–11 Spain Victor Bernat UE Santa Coloma 16
2011–12 Spain Victor Bernat UE Santa Coloma 14
2012–13 Portugal Bruninho FC Lusitanos 17
2013–14 Portugal Luis Miguel dos Reis FC Lusitanos 13
2014–15 Andorra Cristian Martínez FC Santa Coloma 22
2015–16 Spain Victor Bernat UE Santa Coloma 12

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