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Regular Season:



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Format:



36 teams, divided into 6 groups of 5 teams each (Groups 1, and 3-7) and 1 group of 6 teams (Group 2) on regional basis.



Each team plays against all the teams from its own group four times - twice at home and twice away - for a total of 16 games each (20 games each for Group 2 teams) over 20 game weeks.





Scoring points:



3 points for a win, 1 point for a draw, 0 points for a loss.





Table order:



1. points won; 2. play-off (only for deciding next stage participation); 3. total goal difference; 4. total goals scored; 5. points in head-to-head matches; 6. goal difference in hth matches; 7. goals scored in hth matches.





Qualification for 2nd Phase:



1-2 place of each group: qualify for 2nd Phase



3 place of Group 2: qualifies for 2nd Phase



the three best 3rd placed teams from groups 1, and 3-7: qualify for 2nd Phase





Qualification for Reválida Phase:



4-5 place of each group: enter Reválida Phase



6 place of Group 2: enters Reválida Phase



the three worst 3rd placed teams from groups 1, and 3-7: enter the Reválida Phase





Tie-breakers for determining the best 3rd placed teams:



1. points won; 2. total goal difference; 3. total goals scored.







2nd Phase:



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Format:



18 teams from the Regular Season, divided into 2 groups of 9 teams each (Groups A-B), contest promotion in a league format.



Each team plays against all the teams from its own group once - for a total of 8 games each, over 9 game weeks.





Scoring points:



3 points for a win, 1 point for a draw, 0 points for a loss.





Table order:



1. points won; 2. play-off (only for deciding next stage participation); 3. total goal difference; 4. total goals scored; 5. Regular Season points; 7. draw.





Qualification for 3rd Phase:



1-2 place of each group: qualify for 3rd Phase



the best 3rd placed team: qualifies for 3rd Phase





Qualification for Reválida Phase - 3rd Round:



4-9 place of each group: qualify for Reválida Phase - 3rd Round



the worst 3rd placed team: qualifies for Reválida Phase - 3rd Round





Tie-breakers for determining the best 3rd placed team:



1. points won; 2. total goal difference; 3. total goals scored.







3rd Phase:



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Format:



5 teams from the 2nd Phase, each plays against the others once - for a total of 4 games each, over 5 game weeks.





Scoring points:



3 points for a win, 1 point for a draw, 0 points for a loss.





Table order:



1. points won; 2. play-off (only for deciding promotion); 3. total goal difference; 4. total goals scored; 5. Regular Season points; 7. draw.





Relegation to the league:



0-4 teams from Prim B Nacional





Promotion from the league:



1 place: promoted to Prim B Nacional





Qualification for Reválida Phase - 5th Round:



2-5 place: qualify for Reválida Phase - 5th Round







Reválida Phase - Group stage (1st Round):



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Format:



18 teams, divided into 3 groups of 6 teams each (Groups A-C) contest against relegation in a league format.



Each team plays against all the teams from its own group twice - home and away - for a total of 10 games each over 10 game weeks.





Scoring points:



3 points for a win, 1 point for a draw, 0 points for a loss.





Table order:



1. points won; 2. play-off (only for deciding next stage participation); 3. total goal difference; 4. total goals scored; 5. Regular Season points; 7. draw.





Qualification for Reválida - Knockout stage:



1-2 place of each group: qualify for Knockout stage



* - if any of the qualified teams is also to be relegated at the end of the season (see below), it cannot enter the 2nd Round and the next best placed team in the respective Reválida Phase group's table qualifies instead.





Relegation from the league:



In each group each team's record from the Regular Season and the Reválida Phase are summed and divided by the number of games played in those phases (a total of 26 or 30 games each).



Teams are ranked in a Tabla General de Promedio de Puntos table, based on the resulting combined records.



6th place in the Tabla General de Promedio de Puntos table of each group: relegated to Torneo Federal B





Promotion to the league:



4 teams from Torneo Federal B







Reválida Phase - Knockout stage:



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Format:



6 teams from the Reválida Phase - 1st Round; and 13 teams from the 2nd Phase and 4 teams from the 3rd Phase contest promotion in a knockout format.



The 13 teams from 2nd Phase enter the Reválida Phase direclty at the 3rd Round.



The 4 teams from 3rd Phase enter the Reválida Phase direclty at the 5th Round.





2nd Round:



6 teams are distributed into 3 pairs.



Teams are ranked 1st-6th according to their Reválida Phase - Group stage records and paired according to their ranking:



1st vs 6th;



2nd vs 5th;



3rd vs 4th.



Winners are decided over two legs.



The higher ranked teams host the second legs.





Ranking table order:



1. Group stage placing; 2. points won; 3. total goal difference; 4. total goals scored.





3rd Round:



3 teams from the 2nd Round and the 13 teams that enter the Reválida Phase at this stage are distributed into 8 pairs.



Teams are ranked 1st-16th according to their respective phase records and paired according to their ranking:



1st vs 16th;



2nd vs 15th;



3rd vs 14th;



4th vs 13th;



5th vs 12th;



6th vs 11th;



7th vs 10th;



8th vs 9th.



Winners are decided over two legs.



The higher ranked teams host the second legs.





Ranking table order:



1. origin (2nd Phase teams are ranked higher than Reválida teams); 2. points won; 3. total goal difference; 4. total goals scored.





4th Round:



8 teams from the 3rd Round are distributed into 4 pairs.



Teams are ranked 1st-8th on the same criteria that was used for their 3rd Round ranking and paired according to that ranking:



1st vs 8th;



2nd vs 7th;



3rd vs 6th;



4th vs 5th.



Winners are decided over two legs.



The higher ranked teams host the second legs.





5th Round:



4 teams from the 4th Round and the 4 teams that enter the Reválida Phase at this stage are distributed into 4 pairs.



Teams are ranked 1st-8th according to their respective phase records and paired according to their ranking:



1st vs 8th;



2nd vs 7th;



3rd vs 6th;



4th vs 5th.



Winners are decided over two legs.



The higher ranked teams host the second legs.





Ranking table order:



1. origin (3rd Phase teams are ranked higher than Reválida - 4th Round teams); 2. points won; 3. total goal difference; 4. total goals scored.





6th Round (Semi-finals):



4 teams from the 5th Round are distributed into 2 pairs.



Teams are ranked 1st-4th on the same criteria that was used for their 3rd Round ranking and paired according to that ranking:



1st vs 4th;



2nd vs 3rd;



Winners are decided over two legs.



The higher ranked teams host the second legs.





7th Round (Final):



The two 6th Round winners meet each other, with the winner becoming the Reválida Phase winner.



Winner is decided over two legs.



The higher ranked team hosts the second leg.





Tie-breakers for the Reválida Phase knockout ties:



1. aggregate score from the two legs, 2. round ranking.





Promotion from the league:



winner: promoted to Prim B Nacional