List of top-division football clubs in CONMEBOL countries

A map of the world. With a few exceptions, each colour corresponds to a continent. The green area, marked "CONMEBOL", covers most of South America.
  CONMEBOL countries on this map of the world's six football confederations

The South American Football Confederation (CONMEBOL) is the administrative and controlling body for association football in most of South America. It consists of 10 member associations, each of which is responsible for governing football in their respective countries.[1] It includes all countries and territories within South America, with the exceptions of Guyana, French Guiana, Suriname, which are part of CONCACAF, and the disputed British and Argentine territory of the Falkland Islands, which is not a member of any confederation.[1] Each CONMEBOL member has its own football league system.[2] Clubs playing in each top-level league compete for the title as the country's club champion. Clubs also compete in the league and national cup competitions (if applicable) for places in the following season's CONMEBOL club competitions, the Copa Libertadores and Copa Sudamericana. Due to promotion and relegation, the clubs playing in the top-level league are different every season.

Club nameClub finished the previous season as the league champion.
Club nameClub won the most recent Apertura championship.
Club nameClub won the most recent Clausura championship.
Club name Club won the most recent Apertura and Clausura championships.

For clubs playing at lower divisions, see the separate articles linked to in the relevant sections.


The Primera División is the top level of Argentine football league, and is organized by the Argentine Football Association. Founded in 1893, it currently consists of 30 teams, but is planned to reduce in size to 24 teams by the 2019–20 season. The professional era started in 1931 when professionalism was instituted. Teams from Argentina have won the most international titles with a tally of 61, which includes 22 Copa Libertadores.[3] Currently, the league is regarded as one of the strongest leagues in the world.[4]

As of the 2016–17 season:[5]

Club City
Aldosivi Mar del Plata
Arsenal de Sarandí Sarandí
Atlético Rafaela Rafaela
Atlético Tucumán Rafaela
Banfield Tucumán
Belgrano Santa Fe
Boca Juniors Buenos Aires
Colón Santa Fe
Defensa y Justicia Florencio Varela
Estudiantes (LP) La Plata
Gimnasia (LP) La Plata
Godoy Cruz Godoy Cruz
Huracán Buenos Aires
Independiente Avellaneda
Lanús Lanús
Newell's Old Boys Rosario
Olimpo Bahía Blanca
Patronato Paraná
Quilmes Quilmes
Racing Avellaneda
River Plate Buenos Aires
Rosario Central Rosario
San Lorenzo Buenos Aires
San Martín de San Juan San Juan
Sarmiento Junín
Talleres Córdoba Córdoba
Temperley Temperley
Tigre Victoria
Unión de Santa Fe Santa Fe
Vélez Sarsfield Buenos Aires


Bolivia's first division, the Liga de Fútbol Profesional Boliviano, started in 1977, though football had been played in Bolivia since the early 1900s, specially in La Paz and Oruro.[6]

As of the 2016–17 season:[7]

Club City
Blooming Santa Cruz
Bolívar La Paz
Guabirá Montero
Jorge Wilstermann Cochabamba
Nacional Potosí Potosí
Oriente Petrolero Santa Cruz
Petrolero Yacuiba
Real Potosí Potosí
San José Oruro
Sport Boys Warnes
The Strongest La Paz
Universitario Sucre


Three-time FIFA World Cup winners Mário Zagallo and Pelé both spent the majority of their careers in Brazil.

The Campeonato Brasileiro was created in 1959 using the structure of Torneio Roberto Gomes Pedrosa.[8] The system used until 1987 was similar to FIFA World Cup, Copa Libertadores or UEFA Champions League: the best clubs of each State Championship were separated in several small groups. Then the best of each group played the play-offs. But every year some aspects of format, number of entrants and rules changed.[9]

As of the 2016 season:

São Paulo
Rio de Janeiro
Belo Horizonte
Belo Horizonte teams:
América Mineiro
Atlético Mineiro
Rio de Janeiro teams:
São Paulo teams:
São Paulo
Location of teams in 2016 Série A
Club City
América Mineiro Belo Horizonte
Atlético Mineiro Belo Horizonte
Atlético Paranaense Curitiba
Botafogo Rio de Janeiro
Chapecoense Chapecó
Corinthians São Paulo
Coritiba Curitiba
Cruzeiro Belo Horizonte
Figueirense Florianópolis
Flamengo Rio de Janeiro
Fluminense Rio de Janeiro
Grêmio Porto Alegre
Internacional Porto Alegre
Palmeiras São Paulo
Ponte Preta Campinas
Santa Cruz Recife
Santos Santos
São Paulo São Paulo
Sport Recife
Vitória Salvador


The Primera División del Fútbol Profesional Chileno was founded on January 24, 1926, and is currently ranked 14th in the IFFHS Best Leagues of the World ranking.[10] In 2016, the league is also known as Campeonato Scotiabank.

As of the 2016–17 season:[11]

Name Home city
Audax Italiano Santiago
Cobresal El Salvador
Colo Colo Santiago
Deportes Antofagasta Antofagasta
Deportes Iquique Iquique
Deportes Temuco Temuco
Everton Viña del Mar
Huachipato Talcahuano
O'Higgins Rancagua
Palestino Santiago
San Luis Quillota
Santiago Wanderers Valparaíso
Unión Española Santiago
Universidad Católica Santiago
Universidad de Chile Santiago
Universidad de Concepción Concepción


The Categoría Primera A has been in existence since 1948. As of 2015, brewery company Bavaria sponsors the league, which is currently called Liga Águila after one of the company's brands. The league is rated 21st in the world according to IFFHS.[12]

As of 2016 season:
Club City
Alianza Petrolera Barrancabermeja
Atlético Bucaramanga Bucaramanga
Atlético Huila Neiva
Atlético Nacional Medellín
Boyacá Chicó Tunja
Cortuluá Tuluá
Deportes Tolima Ibagué
Deportivo Cali Cali
Deportivo Pasto Pasto
Envigado Envigado
Fortaleza Bogotá
Independiente Medellín Medellín
Jaguares Montería
Junior Barranquilla
La Equidad Bogotá
Millonarios Bogotá
Once Caldas Manizales
Patriotas Tunja
Rionegro Águilas Rionegro
Santa Fe Bogotá


LDU Quito in 1930.

The Serie A has its roots in the national championship between the top teams of Ecuador's two regional leagues. Since the first tournament in 1957, a national champion has been crowned 51 times on a yearly basis (except 1958 & 1959), and twice in 2005.[13] The current format is new for the 2010 season and consists of three stages.[14][15]

As of the 2016 season:[16]

Club City
Deportivo CuencaCuenca
El NacionalQuito
Fuerza AmarillaMachala
Independiente del ValleSangolquí
LDU QuitoQuito
Mushuc RunaAmbato
River EcuadorGuayaquil
Universidad CatólicaQuito


Liga Paraguaya's first game was played in 1906.[17] It joined CONMEBOL in 1921, and FIFA in 1925. The professional era of the competition in the Liga started in 1941. During the 1990s, the FA changed its denomination from Liga Paraguaya del Futbol to Asociacion Paraguaya de Futbol. Currently, the league is regarded as one of the top 10 national competitions in the world.[18][19]

As of the 2016 season:[20]

Locations of the 2016 Primera División teams
Club City
Cerro PorteñoAsunción
Deportivo CapiatáCapiatá
General CaballeroAsunción
General DíazLuque
River PlateAsunción
Rubio ÑuAsunción
Sol de AméricaVilla Elisa
Sportivo LuqueñoLuque


The Liga Peruana de Football (Peruvian Football League) was first founded in 1912 and organized the Primera División, as well as the Segunda División, until 1921. Due to disagreements in the organization of the Liga Peruana de Football, the Peruvian Football Federation was founded in 1922 and organized its first league in 1926. In 1941 the Asociación No Amateur took the stand as the league's organizer and renamed the league Campeonato de Selección y Competencia.[21][22]

As of the 2016 season:[23]

Club City
Alianza AtléticoSullana
Alianza LimaLima
Comerciantes UnidosCutervo
Juan AurichChiclayo
La BocanaSechura
Real GarcilasoCusco
Sport HuancayoHuancayo
Sporting CristalLima
Unión ComercioNueva Cajamarca
Universidad César VallejoTrujillo
Universidad San MartínCallao
Universidad Técnica de Cajamarca Cajamarca


Locations of the 2016 season teams outside Montevideo.

Liga Profesional de Primera División, the top-flight professional football league in Uruguay, was founded in 1900 and is currently contested by 16 teams. As of 2016, the league is undergoing a transition from the European calendar to a year calendar, which will be used from the 2017 season onwards.

As of 2016 season:[24]

Club City
Boston RiverMontevideo
Defensor SportingMontevideo
JuventudLas Piedras
Montevideo WanderersMontevideo
Plaza ColoniaColonia
Rampla JuniorsMontevideo
River PlateMontevideo
Sud AméricaSan José
Villa EspañolaMontevideo


Carlos Maldonado Piñeiro.

The Primera División was created in 1921 and turned professional in 1957. The 2016 season consists of 20 clubs, a number that will be reduced to 18 for the following season. Currently, the league is rated 41st in the world by IFFHS.[25]

As of 2016 season:

Club City
Atlético VenezuelaCaracas
Deportivo AnzoáteguiPuerto La Cruz
Deportivo JBL del ZuliaMaracaibo
Deportivo La GuairaCaracas
Deportivo LaraBarquisimeto
Deportivo TáchiraSan Cristóbal
Estudiantes de CaracasCaracas
Estudiantes de MéridaMérida
Mineros de GuayanaCiudad Guayana


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