Liga Primera
FIFA Region
CONCACAF
Season
2020-2021
Location
Nicaragua
Abbreviation
NCA1

Summary

Primera División de Nicaragua (NCA1) is the top level of league style football competition in Nicaragua. The 2020-2021 NCA1 season is split into two championships, the Torneo Apertura and the Torneo Clausura. At the end of the 2020-2021 Torneo Clausura, the NCA1 teams listed below qualify for the following non-league play:

If the same team wins both the Torneo Apertura and Torneo Clausura, then the 2nd place team from each torneo with the most 2020-2021 NCA1 Aggregate Table points receives the 2nd CONCACAF League berth.

Aggregate points are determined by combining results from the 2020-2021 Torneo Apertura and 2020-2021 Torneo Clausura into the 2020-2021 NCA1 Aggregate Table.

Leagues Pyramid - Nicaragua

Abbrev League # of Teams
NCA1 Liga Primera 10
NCA2 Segunda División de Nicaragua 20
NCA3 Tercera División de Nicaragua 40
NCA3 Tercera División de Nicaragua -
NCA4 Cuarta División de Nicaragua -

Competition Structure

Season

# of Teams

Apertura - Regular
1 Aug 2020 - 19 Nov 2020
Apertura - Playoffs
22 Nov 2020 - 19 Dec 2020
Clausura - Regular
25 Jan 2021 - 18 Apr 2021
Clausura - Playoffs
21 Apr 2021 - 9 May 2021
 10: NCA1 (8 minimum), NCA2 (2 maximum)

Season Format

The 2020-2021 NCA1 season is split into two championships, the Torneo Apertura and the Torneo Clausura. In each torneo, each NCA1 team plays Home-Away matches with the other 9 NCA1 teams for a total of 18 league matches. A playoff is held upon the completion of each torneo to determine the torneo champion. Table ranking ties are broken by (1) goal difference, then (2) goals scored.

Playoffs

At the end of each torneo, the top 6 eligible NCA1 teams participate in playoffs. In the Preliminary Round. 3rd plays 6th and 4th plays 5th in a "Knockout" matches. The Preliminary Round winners advance to a Home-Away highest aggregate goal wins Semifinals. The Semifinals winners advance to a Home-Away highest aggregate goal wins Final.

Relegation

Immediately following the 2020-2021 Torneo Clausura, the 10th place team in the 2020-2021 NCA1 Aggregate Table is immediately relegated to NCA2, while the 9th place team enters into a Promotion/Relegation playoff with the 2nd place NCA2 team. The playoff winner plays in the 2020-2021 NCA1 and the loser plays in the NCA2.


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Apertura - Finals

DateHome Status RoadVenue
AggregateDiriangén FC () 01 Real Estelí FC () 
13.12.20Diriangén FC 00 Real Estelí FCEstadio Cacique Diriangén
20.12.20Real Estelí FC 10 Diriangén FCEstadio Nacional de Fútbol

Apertura - Semifinals

DateHome Status RoadVenue
AggregateDiriangén FC () 63 CD Walter Ferretti () 
28.11.20Diriangén FC 32 CD Walter FerrettiEstadio Cacique Diriangén
06.12.20CD Walter Ferretti 13 Diriangén FCEstadio Nacional de Fútbol
AggregateChinandega FC () 23 Real Estelí FC () 
29.11.20Chinandega FC 22 Real Estelí FCEstadio La Veranera
06.12.20Real Estelí FC 10 Chinandega FCEstadio Nacional de Fútbol

Apertura - Preliminary Playoff

DateHome Status RoadVenue
Sun - 22 Nov 2020
 ART Municipal Jalapa 02 Chinandega FCEstadio Alejandro Ramos
Mon - 23 Nov 2020
 Diriangén FC 20 Juventus FCEstadio Cacique Diriangén

Torneo Apertura

 LeagueHomeRoad
POSMPW - D - LPTSCPTSGFGAGDMPW - D - LPTSGFGAGDMPW - D - LPTSGFGAGD
1Real Estelí FC 1811 -5-238-32131997 -2-0231641294 -3-2151697
2CD Walter Ferretti 189 -5-432-29171295 -2-217145994 -3-21515123
3ART Municipal Jalapa 188 -6-430-2015598 -1-0251421290 -5-45613-7
4Diriangén FC 188 -5-529-2921895 -3-1181881093 -2-4111113-2
5Juventus FC 186 -5-723-2325-294 -2-3141715292 -3-49610-4
6Chinandega FC 185 -6-721-2135-1492 -5-2111518-393 -1-510617-11
7CD Ocotal 185 -4-919-2025-594 -3-215135891 -1-74720-13
8Managua FC 185 -4-919-2430-693 -1-5101515092 -3-49915-6
9Real Madriz FC 183 -7-816-1724-792 -4-31099091 -3-56815-7
10CD Junior Managua 182 -9-715-1626-1092 -5-211811-390 -4-54815-7
Apertura - Quadrangular

Results

Thu - 19 Nov 2020
 ART Municipal Jalapa 21 Real Madriz FCEstadio Alejandro Ramos
 CD Walter Ferretti 40 Chinandega FCComplejo Deportivo De Fútbol Arnoldo y Matty Chávez
 CD Junior Managua 11 Juventus FCEstadio Nacional de Fútbol
 Diriangén FC 61 CD OcotalEstadio Cacique Diriangén
 Real Estelí FC 10 Managua FCEstadio Roy Fernando Bermúdez
Sun - 15 Nov 2020
 Managua FC 34 Diriangén FCEstadio Nacional de Fútbol
 Real Estelí FC 11 CD Junior ManaguaEstadio Nacional de Fútbol
 Chinandega FC 11 ART Municipal JalapaEstadio La Veranera
Sat - 14 Nov 2020
 CD Ocotal 20 CD Walter FerrettiEstadio Roy Fernando Bermúdez
 Real Madriz FC 11 Juventus FCEstadio Solidaridad Augusto Cesar Mendoza
Thu - 12 Nov 2020
 ART Municipal Jalapa 20 CD OcotalEstadio Alejandro Ramos
Wed - 11 Nov 2020
 Chinandega FC 00 Managua FCEstadio La Veranera
Sun - 8 Nov 2020
 Diriangén FC 22 Real Estelí FCEstadio Cacique Diriangén
 CD Walter Ferretti 42 Managua FCEstadio Nacional de Fútbol
Sat - 7 Nov 2020
 CD Junior Managua 22 Real Madriz FCEstadio Nacional de Fútbol
 Juventus FC 51 Chinandega FCComplejo Deportivo De Fútbol Arnoldo y Matty Chávez
Sun - 1 Nov 2020
 CD Ocotal 00 Juventus FCEstadio Roy Fernando Bermúdez
 Chinandega FC 11 Real Madriz FCEstadio La Veranera
Sat - 31 Oct 2020
 Real Estelí FC 11 CD Walter FerrettiEstadio Nacional de Fútbol
 Diriangén FC 32 CD Junior ManaguaEstadio Cacique Diriangén