Copa Perú

Copa Perú
Copa Perú
Countries  Peru
Founded 1967
Number of teams 16 (National Stage)
52 (Regional Stage)
Levels on pyramid 3
Promotion to Primera División
Segunda División
Current champions Unión Comercio
TV partners CMD
2011 Copa Perú

The Copa Perú is a football tournament in Peru. Despite its name, it is not entirely an elimination-cup competition, but rather a series of league tournaments done within a year whose ultimate level is an elimination round. It guarantees its winner promotion to the professional First Division and its runner-up promotion to the promotional Second Division.



In 1966, the First Division was named Descentralizado; teams from outside the capital of Lima were allowed to participate in the professional first division. The following year, the Copa Perú began, in which all non-professional teams in Peru were allowed to compete, with the winner to gain promotion to the First Division. After playing many elimination rounds, once six teams were left in the competition, they played in a final round-robin tournament in Lima.

In 1984, the First Division grew from 16 to 44 teams: after the first stage of the season, a Regional Championship qualified the teams for the Decentralizado, with 16 to 18 teams. The Copa Perú qualified teams for the Regional competition. Following this the tournament declined; 1987 was the last year in which a final was contested. The competitions was suspended as a result of the lack of interest and general economic crisis going on during President Alan García's first term. In 1992 the First Division returned to its normal format (16 teams). In 1993 the Copa Perú was returned as a competition for the Second Division, but only for teams outside of Lima. Since 1993 there has also been a Second Division for teams competing that are based in Lima.

In 1998, a major change took place: eight teams from the regional stage qualified for the Finals stage. This was played as a traditional cup tournament with home and away legs being played. The winner gains promotion to the First Division. In 2004, the tournament widened to 16 teams, so that teams from Lima could also compete. The winner and runner-up of the Second Division played in the Round of 16 of the Copa Peru. However, in 2006 this format was abolished as now the winner of the Second Division is promoted to the First Division. In 2008, the National Stage was modified. The four teams that qualified for the semi-finals played in a final group stage; the top two were promoted to the First Division.

In 2009, the Peruvian Football Federation officialized the creation of the Ligas Superiores del Peru. The Ligas Superiores will group to a select group of clubs of each department, that will be faced only among itself and will throw a champion and a runner-up that will agree directly, for now, to play a home run against the clubs that remain first and second in the Departmental Stage. For 2009, nine Departmental Confederacies had adopted them: Arequipa, Ayacucho, Cajamarca, Huánuco, Lambayeque, Pasco, Piura, Puno and Tumbes.


The first stage of the tournament is the District Stage which is played between February and May. Districts hold a small league tournament to determine its winners which will qualify for the next stage. The second stage is the Provincial Stage which is played between June and July. The District winners play in groups and the winners qualify for the Departmental Stage. Another league tournament, between July and September, is played between the qualified teams which narrows down the tournament to two teams per department and four teams from Lima. These teams play in the Regional Stage which takes place between September and October.

In the Regional Stage there are eight regions. This stage narrows the tournament to 16 teams which will play two knockout rounds and the semifinalists will conclude the tournament with a group stage in Lima. The top two will qualify for the First Division.


Copa Peru - Regions.

For the development of the championship, the Peruvian Football Federation has divided the Peruvian territory into eight regions:

To the year 2008, the league of the Department of Ica was included inside the Region VI, having been transferred to the region IV in the 2009.


The tournament has 5 stages. The Copa Peru started with the District Stage (Spanish: Etapa Distrital) on February. The next stage was the Provincial Stage (Spanish: Etapa Provincial) which started, on June. The tournament continued with the Departamental Stage (Spanish: Etapa Departamental) on July. The Regional Staged followed. The National Stage (Spanish: Etapa Nacional) started on November.


Season Champion Count Runner-up Third Place
1967 Alfonso Ugarte de Chiclín 1 Octavio Espinoza Juan Aurich
1968 Carlos A. Mannucci 1 Sport Chorrillos Colegio Nacional Iquitos
1969 Carlos A. Mannucci 2 FBC Melgar San Lorenzo de Almagro
1970 Atlético Torino 1 FBC Melgar Unión Ocopilla
Colegio Nacional Iquitos
1971 FBC Melgar 1 Unión Tumán José Gálvez
1972 Atlético Grau 1 León de Huánuco Deportivo Junín
1973 Sportivo Huracán 1 Cienciano Deportivo Pucalá
No Tournament
1975 Atlético Torino 2 Sportivo Huracán Compañía Peruana de Teléfonos
1976 Coronel Bolognesi 1 Pesca Perú Sport Ancash
1977 Atlético Torino 3 Juventud La Palma Pesca Perú
1978 Juventud La Palma 1 Pesca Perú Universidad Técnica de Cajamarca
1979 Asociación Deportiva Tarma 1 Comercial Aguas Verdes Defensor Lima
Deportivo Garcilaso
1980 León de Huánuco 1 Unión Gonzales Prada Los Aguerridos de Monsefú
1981 Universidad Técnica de Cajamarca 1 Juventud La Palma Atlético Grau
1982 Atlético Torino 4 Atlético Grau Academia Deportiva Cantolao
1983 Sport Pilsen 1 Deportivo Cañaña Barcelona (Surquillo)
1984 Los Espartanos 1 Alianza Atlético Universitario (Tacna)
1985 Hungaritos Agustinos 1 Tejidos La Unión Sport Bolívar
1986 Deportivo Cañaña 1 Félix Donayre Deportivo Camaná
1987 Libertad 1 Capitán Clavero Bancos Unidos
No Tournament
1993 Aurich–Cañaña 1 FBC Aurora Mariano Santos
1994 Atlético Torino 5 FBC Aurora José Gálvez
1995 La Loretana 1 Sportivo Huracán Deportivo Marsa
1996 José Gálvez 1 Universidad Técnica de Cajamarca Coronel Bolognesi
1997 Juan Aurich 1 Universidad Privada Antenor Orrego Cultural Hidro
1998 I.M.I. 1 Coronel Bolognesi Alfonso Ugarte
Telefunken 20
1999 Universidad Privada Antenor Orrego 1 Alfonso Ugarte Deportivo Educación
Estudiantes de Medicina
2000 Estudiantes de Medicina 1 Coronel Bolognesi Atlético Grau
León de Huánuco
2001 Deportivo Bolito 2 Universidad Cesar Vallejo León de Huánuco
Universidad Nacional de Ucayali
2002 Atlético Universidad 1 Atlético Grau León de Huánuco
Colegio Nacional Iquitos
2003 Universidad Cesar Vallejo 1 Deportivo Educación Abraham Valdelomar
Deportivo Enersur
2004 Sport Áncash 1 Deportivo Municipal Senati
Sport Alfonso Ugarte
2005 José Gálvez 2 Senati Atlético Minero
Tambillo Grande
2006 Total Clean 1 Hijos de Acosvinchos Juan Aurich
Deportivo Ingeniería
2007 Juan Aurich 2 Sport Águila IDUNSA
Deportivo Hospital
2008 Sport Huancayo 1 Colegio Nacional Iquitos Atlético Torino
2009 León de Huánuco 2 Tecnólogico Defensor San José
Diablos Rojos
2010 Unión Comercio 1 Alianza Unicachi Asociación Deportiva Tarma
Deportivo Hospital

Titles by club

Team Nº of titles Years/Tournaments Won
Atlético Torino 5 1970, 1975, 1977, 1982, 1994
Carlos A. Mannucci 2 1968, 1969
Coronel Bolognesi 2 1976, 2001
José Gálvez 2 1996, 2005
Juan Aurich 2 1997, 2007
León de Huánuco 2 1980, 2009
Alfonso Ugarte de Chiclín 1 1967
Asociación Deportiva Tarma 1 1979
Atlético Grau 1 1972
Atlético Universidad 1 2002
Aurich–Cañaña 1 1993
Deportivo Cañaña 1 1986
Estudiantes de Medicina 1 2000
FBC Melgar 1 1971
Hungaritos Agustinos 1 1985
I.M.I. 1 1998
Juventud La Palma 1 1978
La Loretana 1 1995
Libertad 1 1987
Los Espartanos 1 1984
Sport Ancash 1 2004
Sport Huancayo 1 2008
Sport Pilsen 1 1983
Sportivo Huracán 1 1973
Total Clean 1 2006
Unión Comercio 1 2010
Universidad César Vallejo 1 2003
Universidad Privada Antenor Orrego 1 1999
Universidad Técnica de Cajamarca 1 1981

Titles by region

Region Nº of titles Clubs
La Libertad 8 Carlos A. Mannucci (2), Alfonso Ugarte de Chiclín (1), Los Espartanos (1), Libertad (1), Sport Pilsen (1), Universidad Privada Antenor Orrego (1), Universidad César Vallejo (1)
Piura 7 Atlético Torino (5), Atlético Grau (1), I.M.I. (1)
Arequipa 4 FBC Melgar (1), Sportivo Huracán (1), Atlético Universidad (1), Total Clean (1)
Lambayeque 4 Juan Aurich (2), Deportivo Cañaña (1), Aurich–Cañaña (1)
Ancash 3 José Gálvez (2), Sport Áncash (1)
Tacna 2 Coronel Bolognesi (2)
Huánuco 2 León de Huánuco (2)
Junín 2 Asociación Deportiva Tarma (1), Sport Huancayo (1)
Lima 1 Juventud La Palma (1)
Cajamarca 1 Universidad Técnica de Cajamarca (1)
Ica 1 Estudiantes de Medicina (1)
Loreto 1 Hungaritos Agustinos (1)
San Martín 1 Unión Comercio (1)
Ucayali 1 La Loretana (1)

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