Honduras liga nacional
The Liga Salva Vida, commonly known as Liga Salva Vida (Liga Salva-Vida for sponsorship reasons), is the first and highest football league in Honduras. The league season is divided into the opening (autumn) and end (spring) seasons. A team descend into the Liga de Ascenso (the team with the fewest points to open and close) and a team is promoted from the Liga de Ascenso. The first 4 clubs participate in playoffs to determine the champion. The winners of the opening and final competitions will participate in the CONCACAF Champions league.
In the 1930s, football experienced a rise in popularity in the country. With the founding of the Francisco Morazán Major Football League in 1948, the idea of organizing football began to take shape.
Olimpia, Federal, Motagua, Argentina and Real España are the pioneers of the Liga Mayor. In 1948, the first championship began in the recently inaugurated Estadio Tiburcio Carías Andino, as Victoria by winning against Motagua champion. and three years later, in 1951, they repeated the trick. Due to the great support that the League received at that time, the Confederate Sports School Extra of Honduras (F.N.D.E.H.) was founded.
The abolition of the court of the Francisco Morazán Stadium of San Pedro Sula was the trigger that led the sports leaders in the north and central Honduras to unite and the disappearance of F.N.D.E.H.
On March 8, 1951, Juan Manuel Galvez of F.N.D.E.H. When he signed Presidential Decree, he vouched for the organization of the first sports congress held at the facilities of the abandoned National Gymnasium Rubén Callejas Valentine.
Two tournaments per year in identical format, each crowning a champion:
Apertura (opening): from July to December
Clausura (closing): from January to May
10 participating clubs. The league format consists of a round robin tournament in which each club plays twice against each other. The first six places are occupied by the playoffs, in which the clubs play in 3rd and 4th place in a home and away series against the clubs in 6th and 5th place respectively. The playoff winners reach the semi-finals and play against the clubs in places 1 and 2. The winners of the semi-finals meet in a double header on the winner.
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