Liga Primera
FIFA Region
CONCACAF
Season
2022-2023
Location
Nicaragua
Abbreviation
NCA1

Summary

Primera División de Nicaragua (NCA1) is the top level of league style football competition in Nicaragua. The 2022-2023 NCA1 season is split into two championships, the Torneo Apertura and the Torneo Clausura. At the end of the 2022-2023 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 2022-2023 NCA1 Aggregate Table points receives the 2nd CONCACAF League berth.

Aggregate points are determined by combining results from the 2022-2023 Torneo Apertura and 2022-2023 Torneo Clausura into the 2022-2023 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 -
NCA3 Tercera División de Nicaragua -
NCA4 Cuarta División de Nicaragua -

Competition Structure

Season

# of Teams

Apertura - Regular
9 Jul 2022 - 22 Nov 2022
Apertura - Playoffs
25 Nov 2022 - 19 Dec 2022
Clausura - Regular
21 Nov 2023 - 1 May 2023
Clausura - Playoffs
4 May 2023 - 29 May 2023
 10: NCA1 (8 minimum), NCA2 (2 maximum)

Season Format

The 2022-2023 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 2022-2023 Torneo Clausura, the 10th place team in the 2022-2023 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 2022-2023 NCA1 and the loser plays in the NCA2.


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Torneo Apertura

 LeagueHomeRoad
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1Real Estelí FC 11 -0-03-41311 -0-0341300 -0-00000
2Managua FC 11 -0-03-31211 -0-0331200 -0-00000
3Diriangén FC 11 -0-03-20211 -0-0320200 -0-00000
4CD Walter Ferretti 11 -0-03-10111 -0-0310100 -0-00000
5Juventus FC 10 -1-01-00000 -0-0000010 -1-01000
6H&H Export Sébaco FC 10 -1-01-00010 -1-0100000 -0-00000
7UNAN Managua 10 -0-10-01-100 -0-0000010 -0-1001-1
8CD Ocotal 10 -0-10-13-200 -0-0000010 -0-1013-2
9Indígenas de Matagalpa FC 10 -0-10-02-200 -0-0000010 -0-1002-2
10ART Municipal Jalapa 10 -0-10-14-300 -0-0000010 -0-1014-3
Apertura - Semifinals
Apertura - Quarterfinals