Torneo Federal A

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Torneo Federal A
Founded 2014; 4 years ago (2014)
Country  Argentina
Confederation CONMEBOL
Number of teams 35
Level on pyramid 3
Promotion to Primera B Nacional
Relegation to Torneo Federal B
Domestic cup(s) Copa Argentina
Current champions Central Córdoba (SdE)
(2017–18)
Most championships Talleres (C)
San Martín (T)
Club de Gimnasia y Tiro
Central Córdoba (SdE)
(1 title each)
TV partners
Website Officlal webpage
2018–19 season

The Torneo Federal A (in English "Federal A Tournament") was founded in 2014 as a result of a change in the structure of the Argentine football league system, is one of the two leagues that form the regionalised third level of the Argentine football league system. Clubs in the Torneo Federal have indirect membership in AFA, while clubs in the Primera B Metropolitana (the other third division) have direct membership in AFA. All teams with indirect membership are from outside the city of Buenos Aires and its metropolitan area (Greater Buenos Aires), while most of the direct members are from the aforementioned area.

Format (2018–19 season)[edit]

First Stage[edit]

The teams were divided into four (4) zones with nine (9) teams (a total of 36 teams) in each zone and it was played in a round-robin tournament whereby each team played each one of the other teams two times. The teams placed 1º to 4º from each zone qualified for the Second Stage. The remaigning twenty three (20) teams qualify for the Revalida Stage.[1]

Championship Stages[edit]

Second Stage[edit]

The teams were divided into two (2) zones with eight (8) teams each and it was played in a round-robin tournament whereby each team played each one of the other teams one time. The teams placed 1º and 2º and the best 3º team from the two zones qualified for the Third Stage or Pentagonal Final. The remaining team placed 3º qualify for the Third Phase of the Revalida Stage. The other ten (10) teams qualify for the Second Phase of the Revalida Stage.

Third Stage[edit]

The five (5) teams that qualified for the third stage or Pentagonal Final play in a round-robin tournament whereby each team played each one of the other teams one time. The winner was declared champion and automatically promoted to the Primera B Nacional. The other four (4) teams qualify for the Fourth Phase of the Revalida Stage.[1]

Revalida Stages[edit]

The Revalida Stage is divided in several phases: First, the twenty (20) teams that did not qualified for the Championship Stages were divided into the same four zones of the First Stage and it was played in a round-robin tournament whereby each team played each one of the other teams two times. The team placed 1º of each zone qualified for the Second Phase. The second phase is played between the four teams that qualified from the First Phase and the ten teams that qualified from the Second Stage of the Championship Stage. The seven winners qualify for the Third Phase.
The Third Phase is played between the seven teams that qualified from the Second Phase and the team that qualified from the Second Stage of the Championship Stage. The four winners qualify for the Fourth Phase.
The Fourth Phase is played between the four teams that qualified from the Third Phase and the four teams that qualified from the Third Stage of the Championship Stage. The four winners qualify for the Fifth Phase. The Fifth and Sixth Phase is played between the remaining teams and aims to get the Second promotion to the Primera B Nacional.

Relegation[edit]

After the First Phase of the Revalida Stage a table was drawn up with the average of points obtained in the First Stage and the First Phase of the Revalida Stage. It is determined by dividing the points by the number of games played and the bottom team of each four zones was relegated to the Torneo Federal B. Also, another table was drawn up with the remaining teams that played the Revalida Stage and the bottom four teams were relegated to the Torneo Federal B. Giving a total of eight teams relegated.[1]

Participating teams (2018–19 season)[edit]

Zone A[edit]

Team City Province Stadium
Alvarado Mar del Plata Buenos Aires (None) 1
Cipolletti Cipolletti Río Negro La Visera de Cemento
Deportivo Madryn Puerto Madryn Chubut Coliseo del Golfo
Deportivo Roca General Roca Río Negro Luis Maiolino
Ferro Carril Oeste General Pico La Pampa El Coloso del Barrio Talleres
Independiente Neuquén Neuquén José Rosas y Perito Moreno
Sansinena General Cerri Buenos Aires Luis Molina
Sol de Mayo Viedma Río Negro El Coliseo
Villa Mitre Bahía Blanca Buenos Aires El Fortín

1 Play their home games at Estadio José María Minella.

Zone B[edit]

Team City Province Stadium
Atlético Paraná Paraná Entre Ríos Pedro Mutio
Defensores Pronunciamiento Delio Cardozo
Defensores de Belgrano Villa Ramallo Buenos Aires Salomón Boeseldín
Deportivo Camioneros General Rodríguez Hugo Moyano
Douglas Haig Pergamino Miguel Morales
Gimnasia y Esgrima Concepción del Uruguay Entre Ríos Manuel y Ramón Núñez
Juventud Unida Gualeguaychú Luis Delfino
Sportivo Las Parejas Las Parejas Santa Fe Fortaleza del Lobo
Unión Sunchales La Fortaleza

Zone C[edit]

Team City Province Stadium
Deportivo Maipú Maipú Mendoza Higinio Sperdutti
Desamparados San Juan San Juan El Serpentario
Estudiantes Río Cuarto Córdoba Ciudad de Río Cuarto
Estudiantes San Luis San Luis Héctor Odicino - Pedro Benoza
Huracán Las Heras Las Heras Mendoza General San Martín
Juventud Unida Universitario San Luis San Luis Mario Diez
Racing Córdoba Cordoba Miguel Sancho
San Lorenzo Catamarca Catamarca Malvinas Argentinas
Sportivo Belgrano San Francisco Córdoba Oscar Boero

Zone D[edit]

Team City Province Stadium
Altos Hornos Zapla Palpalá Jujuy Emilio Fabrizzi
Boca Unidos Corrientes Corrientes Leoncio Benítez
Chaco For Ever Resistencia Chaco Juan Alberto García
Crucero del Norte Garupá Misiones Andrés Guacurarí
Gimnasia y Tiro Salta Salta Gigante del Norte
Juventud Antoniana Salta Salta Fray Honorato Pistoia
San Jorge San Miguel de Tucumán Tucumán Senador Luis Cruz
San Martín Formosa Formosa 17 de Octubre
Sarmiento Resistencia Chaco Centenario

List of champions[edit]

Season Champion/s Runner-up Third Place
2014
(No champion crowned)
2015 Talleres (C) Juventud Unida Universitario Unión (S)
2016 San Martín (T) Unión Aconquija Juventud Antoniana
Libertad (S)
2016–17 Agropecuario Argentino Mitre (SdE) Gimnasia y Esgrima (M)
2017–18 Central Córdoba (SdE) Gimnasia y Esgrima (M) Defensores de Belgrano (VR)

Titles by club[edit]

Team Titles Years won
Talleres (C) 1 2015
San Martín (T) 1 2016
Agropecuario Argentino 1 2016–17
Central Córdoba (SdE) 1 2017–18

Seasons in Torneo Argentino A[edit]

  • Note: Updated to 2018–19 season.
  • Teams in bold currently playing in Torneo Federal A.
Club/s Seasons
Altos Hornos Zapla, Alvarado, Chaco For Ever, Cipolletti, Defensores de Belgrano (VR), Deportivo Madryn, Deportivo Maipú, Deportivo Roca, Ferro Carril Oeste (GP), Gimnasia y Esgrima (CdU), Gimnasia y Tiro, Independiente (N), Juventud Antoniana, San Jorge (T), San Lorenzo (A), Sarmiento (R) 6
Juventud Unida Universitario, Libertad (S), Sportivo Las Parejas, Sportivo Patria, Unión (S), Unión (VK), Unión Aconquija 5
Defensores (P), General Belgrano, Gimnasia y Esgrima (M), Gutiérrez SC, Mitre (SdE), Sol de América (F), Sportivo Belgrano, Villa Mitre 4
Atlético Paraná, Concepción FC, Deportivo Mandiyú, Desamparados, Guaraní Antonio Franco, San Martín (T) 3
Alianza (CC), Américo Tesorieri, Andino, CAI, Central Córdoba (SdE), Crucero del Norte, Douglas Haig, Estudiantes (RC), Estudiantes (SL), Huracán Las Heras, Independiente (Ch), Juventud Unida (G), Rivadavia (L), Sansinena, Talleres (C), Tiro Federal (BB), Tiro Federal (R) 2
9 de Julio (M), Agropecuario Argentino, Boca Unidos, Deportivo Camioneros, Guillermo Brown, Güemes, Racing (C), San Martín (F), Sol de Mayo, Unión (MdP), Vélez Sársfield (SdE) 1

Top scorers[edit]

Top Scorers by Tournament[edit]

Season Player Team Goals
2014 Argentina Hugo Troche Sportivo Patria 16
2015
Argentina Gustavo Balvorín Juventud Antoniana
18
Argentina David Romero San Lorenzo (A)
Argentina Adrián Toloza Mitre (SdE)
2016 Argentina Matías Zbrun Libertad (S) 13
2016–17 Paraguay Pablo Palacios Alvarenga Gimnasia y Esgrima (M) 21
2017–18 Paraguay Pablo Palacios Alvarenga Gimnasia y Esgrima (M) 21

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Torneo Federal A 2018–19 - Forma de disputa" (in Spanish).

External links[edit]

Preceded by
Torneo Argentino A
Torneo Federal A
2014–
Succeeded by