Cape Verdean Football Championship

Cape Verdean Football Championship
Country Cape Verde
Confederation CAF
Founded 1976
Number of teams 18
Level on pyramid 1
Domestic cup(s) Cape Verdean Cup
Independence Cup
International cup(s) CAF Champions League
CAF Confederation Cup
Current champions CS Mindelense
Most championships CS Mindelense (12)

The Cape Verdean Football Championship or the Campeonato Caboverdiano de Futebol is a football competition that was created in 1976 in Cape Verde. A local championship was founded in 1953 before independence, when the islands were still part of the Portuguese Empire.


Before independence

The first football championship that was not official took place in 1938 and were colonial and later provincial, only clubs from Sâo Vicente participated, they were actual insular championships. The first official championships began in 1953 and featured clubs from only the islands of Sâo Vicente (along with its surroundings) and Santiago took part. For the next 21 years they occurred and Académica do Mindelo won the first title, Mindelense was the second club to win a title and from 1956 the leader in the number of titles for the remainder of Portuguese rule, Académica Mindelo was second with three titles and Sporting Praia and Travadores with two, Castilho, Académica Praia and Boavista had a single title.

Since independence

No competition occurred during the end of Portuguese rule and the independence of Cape Verde. Clubs from other islands started to competed in the finals. Mindelense won the first title for an independent Cape Verde, the club lead in the most number of titles, in the first national championships, Mindelense faced Botafogo from Fogo, the first to feature a club outside Santiago or Sâo Vicente. The 1978 national championships was cancelled as the winner of Sotavento was undecided to challenge Mindelense, the winner of the Barlavento Islands, the finals system was introduced in 1979. Mindelense challenged Botafogo in the final match for the next two years, Botafogo won in 1980 and became the first championship outside Sâo Vicente and Santiago, Mindelense won again in 1981. Clubs from Boa Vista competed in 1980. In 1984, FC Derby faced Académica do Sal in the first finals with two clubs from the same island chain. SC Morabeza was the first club from Brava to compete in the national championships in 1985, the next champion from Brava to compete would not be until 1993. The group system was introuduced in around the 1990s and had two to three matches each. Clubs from the island of Maio would compete in 1990 and Santo Antão would compete in 1993. The triangular system was introduced and was used in 1994 and 1995, the finals was restored again, for one season in 1997, the final phase was introduced and the winner was decided on the highest number of points and Mindelense won, the finals restored again in 1998 and 1999, for the next three seasons, the winner was decided on a total number of points and sometimes goals, Sporting and Batuque shared a record total of 19 points won at the national championships, no other club surpassed it since. Since 2003, the winner would be decided to go to the playoffs on the number of points or goals from each of the two groups. One champion from each island participated in the championships, that time the Santiago and Santo Antâo championships split into two zones. The champion would play for the following season, sometimes a champion who wins a regional league in the follow season, a second placed club participates. In the 2005 season, Sporting Praia defeated Desportivo Estância Baixo 13-0 and made it the highest scoring match that still stands to date, also Sporting Praia scored the most number of goals in the championship numbering 35 and still stands today, Derby was second who scored 32, Derby would claim their third and last title for the club. Sporting Praia won their second consecutive title after defeating Académica do Mindelo under the away goals rule as both clubs were tied with a goal in the second final match. In 2015, the FCF chose to keep the group system instead of alterations probably including only the introduction of the first and second tier levels.[1][2] Mindelense has now a record twelve national titles since 2016, Sporting Praia is second since 2014. The island of Sâo Vicente has now 17 titles won by different clubs, three more than Santiago., two titles won by clubs from Boa Vista and one each from Fogo, Maio and Sal. For some seasons, some of the clubs from a regional league did not participated, its recent one was Brava in 2011.

In regular season competition, in 2008, Derby was the first club to have all five wins along with not a single loss or a draw after the creation of a six club group system, the second was SC Atlético on 2012, and the third was Mindelense in 2015 and also conceded only a goal while the club scored fourteen, the first after the creation of a six club group system, Derby did not conceded a goal in a regular season in 2001, also Derby won all five and was their second and recent time in 2015.

League format

The championship is played out in a tournament between the champions of the nine islands (the 10th island, Santa Luzia is not inhabited).

Clubs 2015-16

Group A

Group B

Before independence

The competition featured a club from the island of São Vicente and a club from the island of Santiago and continued up to the end of Portuguese rule.

Performance by club

Club Winners Winning Years
CS Mindelense 7 1954, 1956, 1960, 1962, 1966, 1968, 1971
Académica do Mindelo 3 1953, 1964, 1967
Sporting Clube da Praia 2 1961, 1969
CD Travadores 2 1972, 1974
Castilho 1 1973
Académica da Praia 1 1965
Boavista 1 1963

Since independence

In the first few years. The competition would feature a club from Barlavento and a club from Sotavento. In the 1980s, it would change when a playoff system was introduced. The group system was formed around the mid 1990s.

Performance by club

Club Winners Winning years
CS Mindelense 12 1976, 1977, 1981, 1988, 1990, 1992, 1998, 2011, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016
Sporting Clube da Praia 9 1985, 1991, 1997, 2000, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2012
Boavista (Praia) 3 1987, 1995, 2010
Derby FC 3 1984, 2000, 2005
CD Travadores 2 1994, 1996
Académica do Mindelo 1 1989
Académica (Espargos) 1 1993
Académico Sal Rei 1 1983
Académico do Aeroporto 1 2003
GD Amarantes (Mindelo) 1 1999
Botafogo São Filipe 1 1980
Onze Unidos 1 2001

Performance by island

Club Winners Winning years
São Vicente 17 1976, 1977, 1981, 1984, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1992, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2005, 2011, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016
Santiago 14 1985, 1987, 1991, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 2000, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2012
Sal 2 1993, 2003
Boa Vista 1 1983
Fogo 1 1980
Maio 1 1996

Seasons in the Cape Verdean Football Championships

The number of seasons that each team (in alphabetical order) has played in the National Championships from 1976 until 2016. The teams in Bold participated in the 2016 Cape Verdean Football Championships. Not all teams are listed, selected teams are:

Seasons Clubs
36CS Mindelense
19Académica Operária
13Académica do Fogo
12Botafogo FC
11Académico 83, FC Derby, Onze Unidos
9Associação Académica do Porto Novo, Sport Sal Rei Club, Vulcânicos
4Académica do Mindelo, Batuque FC, Juventude (Sal), Rosariense Clube, Scorpion Vermelho
3Desportivo da Praia, Estrela dos Amadores, Juventude da Furna, Sporting Clube da Brava
2Barcelona, GD Palmeira, SC Verdun
1GD Amarantes, Beira Mar (Maio), Beira-Mar (Tarrafal), Benfica de Santa Cruz, GD Corôa, Cutelinho, Desportivo Estância Baixo, Desportivo de Santa Cruz, GDRC Fiorentina, Flor Jovem da Calheta, Grémio Nhágar, Marìtimo, Onze Estrelas, Sanjoanense, Spartak d'Aguadinha, Varandinha

Broadcasting rights

Its matches notably the major clubs are broadcast on RTC's TCV since the introduction of television to Cape Verde.


  1. "Nacional de futebol mantém antigo figurino na nova época" [The National Championships Kept the Same Format for the New Season]. Expresso das Ilhas (in Portuguese). 16 November 2015. Retrieved 21 November 2015.
  2. "FCF decide manter o mesmo figurino do Campeonato de Cabo Verde para a época 2015/16" [FCF Chose to Keep the Same Format in the Cape Verdean Championships for the 2015/16 Season]. Inforpress CV (in Portuguese). 16 November 2015. Retrieved 21 November 2015.
  3. First final competition that featured clubs from one island chain
  4. Won through the final triangular phase
  5. Won through the final triangular phase
  6. The winner was decided on the highest points in the final phase that contained four clubs
  7. The winner was decided on the highest points
  8. The winner was decided on the highest points and goals
  9. First finals competition that featured clubs from a single island and a single city

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