The 3rd tier in the Bolivian Football
pyramid consists of 9 regional leagues (one for each department
), the number of participants varies depending on the department, It usually has between 8 and 12 teams. Both winner and runner-up of each league compete in the Copa Simón Bolívar, with the winner of such tournament gaining promotion to the 1st Division
, and the runner-up playing a play-off match with the 11th placed team in the 1st Division. Until 1976, all 8 regional championships (Pando
didn't have an organized tournament back then) were the top in the national football pyramid, with the winner of the Copa Simón Bolívar being crowned as national champion.
The oldest regional championship is the one played in La Paz, it started in 1914 and it was considered for many years as the top Bolivian league, even more when it turned into a semi-pro tournament in 1950 and started including teams from Oruro
Copa Simón Bolívar
The tournament started in 1960
, initially only champions from La Paz, Cochabamba, Oruro and Santa Cruz participated, on later years teams from other associations started joining the cup, and the tournament eventually had also runner-up's participating.
Until 1976, due the lack of a nation-wide league, the cup determined the national champion and representative teams for the Copa Libertadores
. With the creation of the Liga de Fútbol Profesional Boliviano
, the Bolivian FA stopped organizing the tournament.
Finally in 1989 the tournament... Read More