Argentine football is not known for isn’t stability. At least not recently.
For years they had a 20 team first division and played two short championships. Then in 2014/15 they decided they would expand the league to 30 teams. That turned out to be a disaster, so, they decided they would start to dwindle the league back down to a more manageable number. While it was never made known how many teams that would be, most assumed they would arrive at 20 or 22. This was to be done by relegating four teams each year and promoting two.
While all this was happening, for the 2017-2018 season, the Superliga was created, a separate entity apart from the Argentine Football Association (AFA). While there were some political reasons for the change, its main motivation was financial with the goal bringing in more money from TV and marketing and helping the clubs become more self-sufficient.
Everything seemed to be heading in the right direction, the first division went from 30 to 28 clubs, 28 to 26, and last season, 26 to 24. The plan was the drop down again to 22 when just a few days prior to the start of the season the clubs voted to lower the number of relegated teams from four to three.
And now, 22 matches into the season with only 12 more matches which count towards relegation to be played, the clubs have voted to make another amendment to the plan. It was voted by the AFA (not the Superliga) that next season will again be played with 24 clubs.
So, is this good news for the teams in the first division? Yes and no. There is still a chance that three teams will be relegated, but also a chance that only two will go down. Could be good news for Diego Maradona’s Gimnasia. Here’s how it will work.
The teams that finish 24th and 23rd in the promedios will automatically be relegated. The team that finishes 22nd will play a one match final against a team from the Primera Nacional – win and stay up, lose and get relegated.