Portuguese football league system

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The Portuguese football league system consists of several leagues bound together hierarchically by promotion and relegation. Reserve teams are allowed to compete in the main league system, as is the case with most of Europe. However, they are not allowed to compete in the same tier as their senior team, thus no reserve team has ever competed in Portugal's top flight, the Primeira Liga.

Men's league system[edit]

The Portuguese men's football league system consists of three national divisions and up to four district leagues (depending on the district).

National leagues[edit]

All three national divisions provide access to the Portuguese Cup. The first two leagues are operated by the Portuguese Professional Football League, and they also guarantee participation in the Portuguese League Cup. Lastly, the third division is divided in four leagues and is the only division operated by the Portuguese Football Federation.

Level League(s)/Division(s)
1

Primeira Liga
18 clubs

↓↑ 2 clubs
2

LigaPro
18 clubs

↓↑ 2 clubs
3

Campeonato de Portugal Serie A
18 clubs

Campeonato de Portugal Serie B
18 clubs

Campeonato de Portugal Serie C
18 clubs

Campeonato de Portugal Serie D
18 clubs

↓↑ 20 clubs

District leagues[edit]

District leagues are operated by 22 District Associations: 18 from each district, plus 1 from Madeira Islands, and 3 from Azores Islands (west, center and east islands groups). The winner of each district league is promoted to the third national tier, the Campeonato de Portugal. Moreover, all district leagues provide access to their correspondent district cup, and the winner of the district cup, along with the second-placed team in the district league, is allowed to participate in the next season's Portuguese Cup. The number of clubs at the bottom tier of each association depends on the number of clubs interested in participating.

District Association Level 4 Level 5 Level 6 Level 7
Lisbon FA

Pro-National
16 clubs

Division of Honour
16 clubs

First Division
28 clubs (Series 1 and 2)

Second Division

Porto FA

Elite Pro-National
32 clubs (Series 1 and 2)

Division of Honour
32 clubs (Series 1 and 2)

First Division
32 clubs (Series 1 and 2)

Second Division

Aveiro FA

Elite
18 clubs

First Division
18 clubs

Second Division

Braga FA

Pro-National
18 clubs

Division of Honour
32 clubs (Series 1 and 2)

First Division

Algarve FA

First Division
12 clubs

Second Division

Beja FA

First Division
14 clubs

Second Division

Coimbra FA

Division of Honour
16 clubs

First Division

Évora FA

Elite Division
14 clubs

Division of Honour

Guarda FA

First Division
14 clubs

Second Division

Leiria FA

Liga Lizsport
16 clubs

First Division

Madeira FA

Division of Honour
12 clubs

First Division

Santarém FA

First Division
14 clubs

Second Division

Setúbal FA

First Division
16 clubs

Second Division

Viana do Castelo FA

First Division
16 clubs

Second Division

Viseu FA

Division of Honour
16 clubs

First Division

Angra do Heroísmo FA

Azores Championship
10 clubs

Graciosa Championship
São Jorge Championship
Terceira Championship

Horta FA

Horta Championship

Ponta Delgada FA

São Miguel Championship

Bragança FA

Division of Honour

Castelo Branco FA

Division of Honour

Portalegre FA

First Division

Vila Real FA

Division of Honour

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