Founded 1990 (as Segunda Divisão de Honra)
Country Portugal
Confederation UEFA
Number of teams 20
Level on pyramid 2
Promotion to Primeira Liga
Relegation to Campeonato de Portugal
Domestic cup(s) Taça de Portugal
League cup(s) Taça da Liga
Current champions Nacional (1st title)
Most championships Paços de Ferreira (3 titles)
TV partners Sport TV
Benfica TV
Porto Canal
Sporting TV
2018–19 LigaPro

The LigaPro (Portuguese pronunciation: [ˈliɣɐˈpɾɔ]; English: ProLeague), also referred to as Ledman LigaPro for sponsorship reasons,[1] is the second-highest division of the Portuguese football league system, after the Primeira Liga. At the end of each season, the top-finishing teams are promoted to the Primeira Liga, and the lowest-ranked teams are relegated to the third-tier Campeonato de Portugal.

The LigaPro was founded in 1990 as the Segunda Divisão de Honra (Second Division of Honour), superseding the now-folded Segunda Divisão (Second Division) as the second tier of Portuguese football. When the division came under the auspices of the Liga Portuguesa de Futebol Profissional (LPFP) in 1999, it was renamed Segunda Liga (Second League), a designation that was kept until 2016, with the exception of a period between 2005 and 2012, when it was known as Liga de Honra (League of Honour). The current branding and sponsorship were introduced during the 2015–16 season.[2]

The division is contested nationwide by 20 teams, including the reserve sides (B teams) of several top-flight clubs. This number will be reduced to 18 teams for the 2018–19 season.

Twenty different teams have won the division title; the most successful is Paços de Ferreira, with three wins, including the inaugural season. The current champions are Nacional, who won the title for the first time in the 2017–18 season.


Before 1990, there was only one professional nationwide football league in Portugal, the Primeira Divisão (First Division). Lower placed teams were relegated to the Segunda Divisão (Second Division), a regional league, while the top teams from that league would be promoted to the First Division. Starting with the 1990–91 season, a new second-tier professional league was created, taking the name Segunda Divisão de Honra, while the previous Segunda Divisão became the third-tier league and was renamed Segunda Divisão B.

In 1999, the Portuguese League for Professional Football (LPFP) took control of the two nationwide levels and renamed the league Segunda Liga (Second League), while in 2005 it was renamed Liga de Honra and the Segunda Divisão B reverted to its original name. In 2012, the second tier of Portuguese football was renamed again Segunda Liga and in 2016 it was renamed LigaPro.


In the 2016–17 season, there are 22 clubs in the Segunda Liga (24 in the seasons before). For the 2017–18 season it is foreseen to reduce the number of teams from 22 to 20.[3] During the course of a season, each club plays all teams twice — once at their home stadium and once at their opponent's — for a total of 42 games. At the end of each season, the two top teams are promoted to Primeira Liga and the four lowest ranked teams will be relegated to the 2017–18 Campeonato de Portugal. There will be also a two-legged promotion/relegation play-off involving the 17th- and 18th-placed teams of 2016–17 LigaPro and both second-placed teams of the Campeonato de Portugal promotion groups (North and South).[4] The B teams can't be promoted to Primeira Liga but can be demoted to the Campeonato de Portugal if they end the season in one of the relegation positions or if the main team is also relegated to the same league.


Sport TV broadcasts two matches per week. Benfica TV broadcasts Benfica B home games, while Porto Canal broadcasts Porto B home games, and Sporting TV broadcasts Sporting B home games.


Stadia and locations

Team Location Stadium Capacity 2016–17 finish
Académica Coimbra Estádio Cidade de Coimbra 29,622 6th
Académico de Viseu Viseu Estádio do Fontelo 7,744 17th
Arouca Arouca Estádio Municipal de Arouca 5,000 17th (PL)
Benfica B Lisbon Caixa Futebol Campus 2,720 4th
Braga B Braga Estádio 1º de Maio 28,000 7th
Cova da Piedade Cova da Piedade Estádio Municipal José Martins Vieira 3,000 16th
Famalicão Vila Nova de Famalicão Estádio Municipal 22 de Junho 5,300 15th
Gil Vicente Barcelos Estádio Cidade de Barcelos 12,046 13th
Leixões Matosinhos Estádio do Mar 9,766 18th
Nacional Funchal Estádio da Madeira 5,200 18th (PL)
Oliveirense Oliveira de Azeméis Estádio Carlos Osório 4,000 (CP)
Penafiel Penafiel Estádio Municipal 25 de Abril 5,320 5th
Porto B Porto Estádio Municipal Jorge Sampaio 8,270 12th
Real Queluz Complexo Desportivo do Real SC 1,200 (CP)
Santa Clara Ponta Delgada Estádio de São Miguel 13,277 10th
Sporting CP B Lisbon CGD Stadium Aurélio Pereira 1,180 14th
Sporting da Covilhã Covilhã Estádio Municipal José dos Santos Pinto 2,055 8th
União da Madeira Funchal Centro Desportivo da Madeira 2,300 3rd
Varzim Póvoa de Varzim Estádio do Varzim SC 7,280 9th
Vitória de Guimarães B Guimarães Estádio D. Afonso Henriques 30,000 11th


For champions at this level before 1990, see Portuguese Second Division.
Season Champion Points Runner-up Points Third place Points Teams Top scorer Club Goals
1990–91 Paços de Ferreira51Estoril46Torreense4520 Eduard EranosyanLeixões22
1991–92 Sporting de Espinho50Belenenses48Tirsense4518 Rashidi YekiniVitória de Setúbal22
1992–93 Estrela da Amadora48União da Madeira47Vitória de Setúbal4718 Rashidi YekiniVitória de Setúbal34
1993–94 Tirsense46União de Leiria45Chaves4518 EdinhoPortimonense16
1994–95 Leça46Campomaiorense46Felgueiras4418 Tihomir RudežCampomaiorense20
1995–96 Rio Ave68Vitória de Setúbal62Sporting de Espinho6218 Paulo VidaDesportivo das Aves22
1996–97 Campomaiorense62Varzim59Académica5818 Carlos FreitasDesportivo de Beja17
1997–98 União de Leiria70Beira-Mar64Alverca6218 Armando SantosMoreirense21
1998–99 Gil Vicente68Belenenses61Santa Clara5518 MarcãoVarzim23
1999–2000 Paços de Ferreira (2)65Beira-Mar65Desportivo das Aves6118 MarcãoVarzim27
2000–01 Santa Clara67Varzim64Vitória de Setúbal6418 BrandãoSanta Clara24
2001–02 Moreirense64Académica62Nacional6218 Ibón Pérez
Paulo Vida
Paços de Ferreira
2002–03 Rio Ave (2)63Alverca60Estrela da Amadora5718 IgorMaia20
2003–04 Estoril67Vitória de Setúbal64Penafiel6118 Fábio HempelSalgueiros25
2004–05 Paços de Ferreira (3)69Naval 1º de Maio62Estrela da Amadora6018 RincónPaços de Ferreira18
2005–06 Beira-Mar68Desportivo das Aves64Leixões6218 Cássio
Nuno Sousa
2006–07 Leixões60Vitória de Guimarães55Rio Ave5316 Roberto AlcântaraLeixões17
2007–08 Trofense52Rio Ave51Vizela5016 Júlio CésarSanta Clara13
2008–09 Olhanense58União de Leiria53Santa Clara5216 DjalmirOlhanense20
2009–10 Beira-Mar (2)54Portimonense54Feirense5216 ReguilaTrofense15
2010–11 Gil Vicente (2)55Feirense55Trofense5416 BockFreamunde15
2011–12 Estoril (2)57Moreirense52Desportivo das Aves5016 JoeanoArouca19
2012–13 Belenenses94Arouca73Leixões6822 JoeanoArouca24
2013–14 Moreirense (2)79Porto B77Penafiel7322 PiresMoreirense22
2014–15 Tondela81União da Madeira80Chaves8024 Tozé Marreco
Sporting da Covilhã
2015–16 Porto B86Chaves81Feirense7824 SimyGil Vicente20
2016–17 Portimonense83Desportivo das Aves81União da Madeira6422 PiresPortimonense23
2017–18 Nacional71Santa Clara66Académico de Viseu6420 Ricardo Gomes Nacional 21


Performance by club

Club Winners Runners-up Winning seasons Runner-up seasons
Paços de Ferreira 3 0 1990–91, 1999–2000, 2004–05
Beira-Mar 2 2 2005–06, 2009–10 1997–98, 1999–2000
Rio Ave 2 1 1995–96, 2002–03 2007–08
Moreirense 2 1 2001–02, 2013–14 2011–12
Estoril 2 1 2003–04, 2011–12 1990–91
Gil Vicente 2 0 1998–99, 2010–11
União de Leiria 1 2 1997–98 1993–94, 2008–09
Belenenses 1 2 2012–13 1991–92, 1998–99
Campomaiorense 1 1 1996–97 1994–95
Porto B 1 1 2015–16 2013–14
Portimonense 1 1 2016–17 2009–10
Santa Clara 1 1 2000–01 2017–18
Espinho 1 0 1991–92
Estrela da Amadora 1 0 1992–93
Tirsense 1 0 1993–94
Leça 1 0 1994–95
Leixões 1 0 2006–07
Trofense 1 0 2007–08
Olhanense 1 0 2008–09
Tondela 1 0 2014–15
Nacional 1 0 2017–18
Varzim 0 2 1996–97, 2000–01
Vitória de Setúbal 0 2 1995–96, 2003–04
União da Madeira 0 2 1992–93, 2014–15
Desportivo das Aves 0 2 2005–06, 2016–17
Académica 0 1 2001–02
Alverca 0 1 2002–03
Naval 1º de Maio 0 1 2004–05
Vitória de Guimarães 0 1 2006–07
Feirense 0 1 2010–11
Arouca 0 1 2012–13
Chaves 0 1 2015–16

All-time LigaPro table

The all-time LigaPro table is an overall record of all match results, points, and goals of every team that has played in LigaPro since its inception in 1990. The table is accurate as of the end of the 2017–18 season. For comparison, older seasons have been calculated according to the three-points-per-win rule.

Pos Team S Pts GP W D L GF GA GD 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th T Debut Since/
Last App
Best Notes
1Desportivo das Aves25127588234424329510931026672132191990–912016–172
5Santa Clara17857606228173205722679431122171998–992017–181
11Sporting da Covilhã15646546159169218574665-91111996–972008–094
12União da Madeira1363347816314417158057282131992–932017–182
13Rio Ave1055133215683934763481282112281991–922007–081
15Académico de Viseu11540422140120162432486-541121990–912013–143
18Sporting de Espinho11511378134109135471437341121990–912004–051
19Gil Vicente950834413011896433356772241997–982017–181
22Paços de Ferreira845327612287673692898031151990–912004–051
23Naval 1º de Maio1043631011110396420384361231998–992013–142[C]
28Porto B63962561135786360311491122012–132012–131
29Benfica B637625610464883983524611132012–132012–134
30Sporting B637625610367863603392111132012–132017–184[D]
31União de Lamas93623069868140310433-123221994–952002–036
33União de Leiria6338204945654280185961231990–912008–091
35Vitória de Setúbal531017089433830216913322151991–922003–042
36Braga B63072567776103290325-352012–132012–137
38Estrela da Amadora52821707557382221635912141991–922004–051[B]
39Vitória de Guimarães B5271214744991259279-202012–132014–159
44Atlético CP5219206536093211279-682011–122015–1611
53Marítimo B3132130352768115172-572012–132014–1516
54Benfica Castelo Branco311810629314690140-50111990–911992–935
55Cova da Piedade21048028203287105-182016–172016–179
63Vitória de Guimarães15530167744202412006–072006–072
65O Elvas15238141014454501990–911990–9114
67Desportivo de Beja13734910154455-111996–971996–9717
71Olivais e Moscavide1273076172642-162006–072006–0715
72Lusitano VRSA12538413211645-291990–911990–9119

A. ^ Club folded in 2005.
B. ^ Club folded in 2011.
C. ^ Club folded in 2017.
D. ^ Club ended football team in 2018.
E. ^ Club ended football team in 2013.
F. ^ Club ended football team in 2007.

Last updated: 19 June 2018

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  2. "Aí está a Liga Pro!" [Here is LigaPro!] (in Portuguese). LPFP. 18 January 2016. Retrieved 11 February 2016.
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  4. "Aprovadas todas as propostas da Direção" [Board's proposals all approved] (in Portuguese). LPFP. 15 March 2016. Retrieved 1 May 2016.
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