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Apertura:



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Format:



10 teams, each plays the others twice - home and away - for a total of 18 games each, over 18 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. total goal difference; 3. total goals scored; 4. points in head-to-head matches; 5. goal difference in hth matches; 6. goals scored in hth matches; 7. draw.







Qualification for Apertura - Final Stages:



1-4 place: qualify for Final Stages











Apertura - Final Stages:



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Format:



4 teams contest the Apertura champion in a knockout format.







Semi-finals:



Teams are paired according to their Apertura standings:



1st vs 4th;



2nd vs 3rd.



Winners are decided over two legs.



The higher placed teams from the Apertura host the second legs.







Tie-breakers for the Semi-finals knockout matches:



1. aggregate score from the two legs, 2. extra time, 3. penalties.







Final:



The two Semi-finals winners meet each other with the winner becoming Apertura champion.



Winner is decided over one leg, with extra time and penalties if score is level after regular time.



The match is played at a neutral venue.







Qualification for CONCACAF competitions:



Apertura champion: CONCACAF Champions League











Clausura:



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Format:



10 teams, each plays the others twice - home and away - for a total of 18 games each, over 18 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. total goal difference; 3. total goals scored; 4. points in head-to-head matches; 5. goal difference in hth matches; 6. goals scored in hth matches; 7. draw.







Qualification for Clausura - Final Stages:



1-4 place: qualify for Final Stages







Relegation from the league:



Teams' records from the Apertura and Clausura are summed (a total of 36 games each) and a Summary Table is compiled.



10 place in the Summary table: relegated to Liga Nacional de Ascenso







Summary Table order:



1. points won; 2. total goal difference; 3. total goals scored; 4. points in head-to-head matches; 5. goal difference in hth matches; 6. goals scored in hth matches; 7. draw.







Promotion to the league:



1 team from Liga Nacional de Ascenso











Clausura - Final Stages:



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Format:



4 teams contest the Clausura champion in a knockout format.







Semi-finals:



Teams are paired according to their Clausura standings:



1st vs 4th;



2nd vs 3rd.



Winners are decided over two legs.



The higher placed teams from the Clausura host the second legs.







Tie-breakers for the Semi-finals knockout matches:



1. aggregate score from the two legs, 2. extra time, 3. penalties.







Final:



The two Semi-finals winners meet each other with the winner becoming Clausura champion.



Winner is decided over one leg, with extra time and penalties if score is level after regular time.



The match is played at a neutral venue.







Qualification for CONCACAF competitions:



Clausura champion: CONCACAF Champions League *



* - if the Clausura champion is also the Apertura champion, then the best placed team in the Summary table from the remaining teams qualifies for the CONCACAF Champions League.