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Andorra Primera Divisió is the top championship of the Andorra football league system. The competition was launched in 1995 under the administration of the Andorra Football Federation. There are many things about this league that you might not know. Check them now with Betimate!
What is Primera Divisio?
The Primera Divisio is known as the Lliga Nacional de Fútbol, the First Division or Campionat de Lliga. This is the top football league for Andorra, sponsored by the local federation (Andorran Football Federation). Before being founded and considered as an official professional league in 1995, the clubs in Andorra played an amateur league without a structure or affirmation with any official federation from 1970. After the affiliation of UEFA and FIFA in 1996, the Andorran clubs are able to compete in the UEFA leagues.
Because of sponsorship reasons, the Lliga Nacional de Fútbol has been renamed several times. It was Lliga Grup Becier in 2015, Lliga Grup Sant Eloi in 2016 and renamed Lliga Multisegur Assegurances in 2017.
Andorra Football Federation
How is the format of Andorra Primera Divisio?
There are 8 teams taking part in the Campionat de Lliga. All the teams in the league play in the same stadiums which are owned by their federation. This manner occurs in all other Andorran competitions such as Copa Constitució and Supercopa. FC Andorra have never played in this league. They play in the Spanish league system due to being registered with the Royal Spanish Football Federation (RFEF).
The eight clubs playing in the First Division compete with each other three times in the same venue. After the first 21 rounds, the competition splits in half, into a top four and bottom four. Then, they play the other three clubs in their section twice more to give a total of 27 matches.
FC Santa Coloma - Best club in Primera Divisió
The winners of the league have a ticket to take part in the UEFA Champions League. The runners-up and the Andorran Cup winner win a place in the UEFA Europa League. On the other hand, the last-placed are relegated to Segona Divisió, the second-highest football league in Andorra. The penult classified play a two-legged relegation play-off against the runners-up of the Segona Divisió.
Throughout the competition’s history, the number of teams in Primera Divisio Andorra has varied:
Top Performances by Clubs
FC Santa Colomac have never been rejected from the highest championship because they are estimated the strongest team with 13 times winning the prestigious title. This achievement is far ahead of the second-ranked team’s result with 3 champion titles. CE Principatb have had 3 winning titles which are only a title more than the third-placed clubs. As of the 2019-20 season, there have been 4 clubs having the same 2 champion times named UE Sant Juliàc, FC Lusitanos, FC Encamp, and FC Rànger's.
Last year, Inter d'Escaldes got the first cup after 3 times stopping at the third position.
2020-21 Andorra Primera Divisio
Clubs taking part in the 2020-21 Andorra Primera Divisio
There are 8 teams joining the 2020-21 Lliga Nacional de Fútbol. They are all the best clubs in the previous season. Especially, Penya Encarnada, as the champion of the Segona Divisió, is also played in the league together with the strongest teams of Andorra. It promises high peak matches and breathtaking goals in the competition.
2020-21 Andorra Primera Divisio Standings
The below table shows the results of teams in the regular phase, which finished on 11 April 2021. The four best teams will take part in the Championship Round and the four last-ranked teams will join the Regulation Round.
According to the points of clubs, Inter Club d'Escaldes are leading with 26 points. If they can win at the end of this season, they will have the two consecutive champion times in the league. The three other teams participating in the Championship Round together with Inter Club d'Escaldes are FC Santa Coloma, Sant Julià, and Atlètic Club d'Escaldes. The first matchday will take place on 18 April 2021.
Best goalscorers in the 2020-21 Andorra Primera Divisio
Until 11 April 2021, Guillaume Lopez is playing very impressively in the league with 11 goals in 14 appearance times. Bacari ranks second with 9 goals in 11 appearances. The following positions respectively belong to Genís Soldevila with 8 goals, Youssef Ezzejjari with 7 goals, etc.