Primera B Metropolitana
|Number of teams||20|
|Level on pyramid||3|
|Promotion to||Primera B Nacional|
|Relegation to||Primera C|
|Domestic cup(s)||Copa Argentina|
|Current champions||Brown (A)
(7 titles each)
|TV partners||TyC Sports|
|2016 Primera B Metropolitana|
Originally created as the second division, it became the third level after a restructuring of the system in 1985 that ended with the creation of Primera B Nacional, set as the second division since then.
Primera B Metropolitana is currently organized so, during the course of a season, each club plays the others twice (a double round robin system), once at their home stadium and once at that of their opponents.
The team that gets the most points at the end of the season is recognized as the Primera B champion and is automatically promoted to Primera B Nacional. The teams that hold the second to fifth positions have the chance to enter the Torneo Reducido (small tournament) whose winner will be promoted.
The teams with the 2 lowest aggregate points total in Primera B Metropolitana are relegated to Primera C.
Established in 1899, the Primera B (originally named "Segunda División") was the first second division championship in Argentine football. Some of the teams participating were youth or reserve teams of Primera División clubs. Since 1906, a promotion and relegation system was established. Porteño would be the first club to achieve promotion under those rules.
In 1911, the Association created the "División Intermedia" as a second level of Argentine football pyramid, therefore the Segunda División became the third division of the system. Three years later, San Lorenzo de Almagro promoted to Primera División after beating Honor y Patria. Tournaments organised by dissident Asociación Amateurs (AAm) were named "Extra". When both associations, AAm and AFA merged in 1926, from the 1927 season, the Segunda División was set as the second level, and Intermedia the third.
In 1986 the Argentine Association created the Primera B Nacional with the purpose of allowing clubs throughout Argentina to play official competitions. Primera B Nacional became the second division of Argentine football while Primera B was set as the third division, being also renamed "Primera B Metropolitana" due to it was contested by teams from the Buenos Aires metropolitan area (including Greater Buenos Aires).
Primera B Metropolitana has received several names since its inception in 1899 as the second division of Argentine football. They were:
|1911-1926||3° [lower-alpha 1]|
|1927-1985||Primera División B [lower-alpha 2]||2°|
|1986-||Primera B Metropolitana||3° [lower-alpha 3]|
Current teams (2016 season)
List of champions
The tournament has received different names since its first edition in 1899, such as "Segunda División" (1899-1926), "Primera División B" (or simply "Primera B", since 1927).
After the restructuring of the Argentine football league system in 1985, the tournament became the third division, chaging its name to "Primera B Metropolitana" to set a difference with Primera B Nacional.
Titles by club
|Banfield||7||1899, 1900, 1912, 1939, 1946, 1962, 1973|
|Ferro Carril Oeste||7||1913, 1958, 1963, 1969, 1970, 1978, 2002–03|
|Tigre||5||1912 FAF,[lower-alpha 11] 1945, 1953, 1979, 2004–05|
|Chacarita Juniors||4||1941, 1959, 1993–94, 2014|
|Defensores de Belgrano||4||1914 FAF, 1917, 1967, 2000–01|
|Quilmes||4||1949, 1961, 1975, 1986–87|
|Lanús||4||1950, 1964, 1971, 1976|
|Barracas Athletic||3||1901, 1903, 1904|
|Estudiantes (BA)||3||1906, 1977, 1999-2000|
|Estudiantes (LP)||3||1913 FAF, 1935, 1954|
|El Porvenir||3||1920, 1927, 1997–98|
|Nueva Chicago||3||1930, 1981, 2013–14|
|Atlanta||3||1956, 1983, 2010–11|
|Gimnasia y Esgrima (LP)||3||1944, 1947, 1952|
|All Boys||3||1972, 1992–93, 2007–08|
|Rosario Central||3||1942, 1951, 1985|
|Nacional (Adrogué)||2||1907, 1922 AAm|
|San Lorenzo||2||1914, 1982|
|Huracán III [lower-alpha 5]||2||1916, 1921|
|Racing III [lower-alpha 5]||2||1924 AAm, 1926 AAm|
|Talleres (RE)||2||1925 AAm, 1987–88|
|Argentinos Juniors||2||1940, 1955|
|Central Córdoba (R)||2||1957, 1990–91|
|Sarmiento (J)||2||1980, 2011–12|
|Deportivo Español||2||1984, 2001–02|
|Almirante Brown||2||2006-07, 2009–10|
|Gimnasia y Esgrima (BA)||1||1909|
|Riachuelo B [lower-alpha 12]||1||1911|
|Tigre Juniors||1||1914 FAF|
|Sportivo Barracas III [lower-alpha 5]||1||1919 AAm|
|Argentino del Sud||1||1922 AAm|
|Perla del Plata||1||1925 AAm|
|Honor y Patria (Bernal)||1||1929|
|River Plate II [lower-alpha 5]||1||1934 LAF|
|Boca Juniors II [lower-alpha 5]||1||1936|
|Villa San Carlos||1||2012-13|
- With the creation of "División Intermedia" in 1911, the Primera B (Segunda División) became the 3° level of Argentine football.
- Some referred to this era with several names, with few variations.
- Became the third level when Primera B Nacional was created as the second division of Argentine football league system.
- Then renamed "Alumni AC", in 1901.
- Reserve teams of Primera División clubs which took part of the championship along with the clubs from the Second Division.
- The Federación Argentina de Football (FAF) was a rival association that organized its own championships from 1912 to 1914.
- The Asociación Amateurs de Football (Aam) was a rival association that organized its own championships from 1919 to 1926.
- The Liga Argentina de Football (LAF) was a dissident professional association that organized its own championships from 1931 to 1934, when it merged the official body (AFA).
- In 1976 two tournaments were disputed, proclaiming one champion each. Both titles were official.
- The Federación Argentina de Football (FAF) was a rival amateur association that organized its own championships from 1912 to 1914
- Probably a reserve team, due to its name "B", commonly used to denominate minor teams.
- Campeones de la Segunda División on AFA website (Archive, 13 Aug 2013)
- "De 1891 al presente: Los campeones de todos los niveles", CIHF
- Argentina second level champions - RSSSF