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
23 Jan 2021 - 5 May 2021
Clausura - Playoffs
8 May 2021 - 31 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, (2) goals scored, (3) head-to-head points, (4) head-to-head goal difference, (5) head-to-head goals scored, then (6) a draw.

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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Torneo Clausura

 LeagueHomeRoad
POSMPW - D - LPTSCPTSGFGAGDMPW - D - LPTSGFGAGDMPW - D - LPTSGFGAGD
1Real Estelí FC 1712 -2-338-34102496 -2-1201851386 -0-21816511
2Diriangén FC 1712 -1-437-32131997 -1-1222151685 -0-3151183
3CD Walter Ferretti 1810 -3-533-29171298 -0-1241931692 -3-491014-4
4Managua FC 179 -3-530-40231787 -0-12126101692 -3-4914131
5CD Ocotal 177 -5-526-1917285 -2-117103792 -3-49914-5
6Real Madriz FC 186 -3-921-1626-1094 -1-413109192 -2-58617-11
7ART Municipal Jalapa 184 -5-917-2132-1194 -4-1161611590 -1-81521-16
8CD Junior Managua 184 -4-1016-1633-1793 -2-411816-891 -2-65817-9
9Juventus FC 184 -3-1115-1733-1693 -2-4111115-491 -1-74618-12
10Chinandega FC 183 -5-1014-1737-2092 -3-49916-791 -2-65821-13
Clausura - Quarterfinals
Clausura - Semifinals

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 - Quarterfinals

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 - Semifinals
Apertura - Quarterfinals

Fixtures

Thu - 6 May 2021
 Managua FC   Real Estelí FCEstadio Nacional de Fútbol
 CD Ocotal   Diriangén FCEstadio Roy Fernando Bermúdez

Results

Wed - 5 May 2021
 Chinandega FC 03 CD Walter FerrettiEstadio La Veranera
 Juventus FC 22 CD Junior ManaguaComplejo Deportivo De Fútbol Arnoldo y Matty Chávez
 Real Madriz FC 10 ART Municipal JalapaEstadio Solidaridad Augusto Cesar Mendoza
Sun - 2 May 2021
 CD Walter Ferretti 10 CD OcotalEstadio Nacional de Fútbol
 ART Municipal Jalapa 11 Chinandega FCEstadio Alejandro Ramos
 Juventus FC 00 Real Madriz FCComplejo Deportivo De Fútbol Arnoldo y Matty Chávez
Sat - 1 May 2021
 Real Estelí FC 20 CD Junior ManaguaEstadio Independencia (Estelí)
 Diriangén FC 41 Managua FCEstadio Cacique Diriangén
Thu - 29 Apr 2021
 CD Ocotal 20 ART Municipal JalapaEstadio Roy Fernando Bermúdez
 Chinandega FC 00 Juventus FCEstadio La Veranera
Wed - 28 Apr 2021
 Real Estelí FC 30 Diriangén FCEstadio Independencia (Estelí)
 Managua FC 31 CD Walter FerrettiEstadio Nacional de Fútbol
 Real Madriz FC 12 CD Junior ManaguaEstadio Solidaridad Augusto Cesar Mendoza
Sun - 25 Apr 2021
 Real Estelí FC 21 CD Walter FerrettiEstadio Independencia (Estelí)
 ART Municipal Jalapa 22 Managua FCEstadio Alejandro Ramos
 Juventus FC 31 CD OcotalComplejo Deportivo De Fútbol Arnoldo y Matty Chávez
Sat - 24 Apr 2021
 Real Madriz FC 20 Chinandega FCEstadio Solidaridad Augusto Cesar Mendoza
 CD Junior Managua 01 Diriangén FCEstadio Nacional de Fútbol
Thu - 22 Apr 2021
 Real Estelí FC 40 Juventus FCEstadio Independencia (Estelí)
Mon - 19 Apr 2021
 Real Estelí FC 10 ART Municipal JalapaEstadio Independencia (Estelí)