Football in Cuba

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Football in the Cuba
Country Cuba
Governing body Asociación de Fútbol de Cuba
National team(s) men's national team
Club competitions
International competitions

Football in Cuba is run by the Asociación de Fútbol de Cuba.[1][2] The association administers the national football team, as well as the Campeonato Nacional.

Football is the second most popular sport in Cuba after baseball, and has it has been very popular among young people and the new generations in Cuba.[3][4][5][6][7][8][9][10] Most Cubans either support Barcelona or Real Madrid from La Liga.[11][12]

Professional football[edit]

Professional sports have been forbidden by the Cuban government since 1961, but in 2016, Maikel Reyes became the first Cuban to be allowed to sign a professional contract with a foreign team when he joined Mexican third-tier side Cruz Azul Premier.[13] Until then, Cuban footballers who played professionally had done so without approval of the country's football association and after fleeing the country.

League system[edit]


Level League(s)/Division(s)
1 Campeonato Nacional de Fútbol de Cuba
12 clubs