Segunda División de El Salvador
|Number of teams||23|
|Level on pyramid||2|
|Promotion to||Primera División|
|Relegation to||Tercera Division|
|Current champions||Jocoro F.C. (1st title) |
( titles each)
The Segunda División de Fútbol Salvadoreño (Second Division) is the second level of the El Salvador League System of football. Teams have a chance to gain promotion to the Primera División de Fútbol Profesional.
The champions of the Apertura and Clausura play the direct promotion playoff every year. The winner of that series ascends to the first division directly.
The Salvadoran Football Federation decided to improve the quality and competitiveness of football.
Segunda División de Fútbol Salvadoreño was created in 1950, with two groups and the winner was promoted to Primera División de Fútbol Profesional.
Category of Ascent was made of 12 teams, four teams in each zone: central, western and eastern.
The first 12 teams in Second Division were ANTEL, Atlético Marte, Marte Soyapango, Caterpillar de San Salvador, Picapiedra del Plan de la Laguna, Antiguo Cuscatlán, Dragón, Once Municipal, Molino F. C, Ahuachapán and Puertas de Santa Ana y San Rafael.
The first President of the Segunda División de Fútbol Salvadoreño was Dr Mauro Alfredo Bernal Silva.
The addition of teams worsened the level of competition remarkably having up to twelve teams per zone (36 teams altogether). In 1986 the Legislative Assembly emitted a decree in the Reforms to the Law of Football and the Category of Ascent in which it stated that only 24 teams would be allowed in the Segunda División split into two groups.
In 2007, The league changed into the Apertura and Clausura format.
Members of the Segunda División (2018–19 season)
The league currently consists of the following 24 teams:
Stadium and locations
Changes in division set-up
- Number of clubs: currently 24. From TBD to TBD there were two divisions, each of 20 teams. From TBD to TBD it had 20. The 1991–92 season was played in two groups of 12 teams each; TBD again in one group with 24 teams, TBD with 20 teams.
- Teams promoted to the Primera Division: 3; 1981–1991 there was a promotion/relegation round, in 1991–92 there was 1 promotion per group.
- Number of relegations into the Regionalliga (until 1994: Oberliga): 4; 1991–92: 2–3 per group (inclusive relegation); 1992–93: 7.
Promotion and relegation
- From 2007 until 2010, the winner of the Apertura and Clausura would play for automatic promotion, where the loser of the match would play a playoff with the team that finished 9th in the Primera Division.
After this, and to the present, the winner of the Apertura and Clausura face in a final game with only the winner gaining promotion to the Primera Division.
- Until the 2015–16 season, the bottom three teams were relegated into the Tercera Division. Since the 2016–17, the bottom three teams of each group play in a round robin tournament; the bottom team of that round robin tournament are relegated to the Tercera Division.
League matches derbies and classicos in Segunda Division
- Atletico Apopa vs Vendaval Apopa "Clásico de Apopa" (last played in )
- Independiente FC vs CD Platense "Clásico Paracentral" (last played in )
- Gráfico, El. "Once Municipal, el único con ventaja en segunda división". elgrafico.com. Retrieved 23 June 2017.
- "Segunda División afina detalles para el Torneo Apertura - mas.sv". 17 July 2017. Retrieved 7 April 2018.
- Gráfico, El. "Chalchuapa y Apastepeque definirán al finalista". elgrafico.com. Retrieved 23 June 2017.
- "Leones, el primer descendido - elsalvador.com". elsalvador.com. 13 May 2017. Retrieved 23 June 2017.
- Gráfico, El. "Oriente, sin candidatos para el ascenso a la primera división". elgrafico.com. Retrieved 23 June 2017.
- "Once Lobos y Audaz pelean por un puesto en la final de la segunda división". Retrieved 7 April 2018.