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AFA approves new 30 team Primera División

The Executive Committee of the Argentine Football Association (AFA) has approved the organisation of a new structure in the top division, with the Primera A expanded to include 30 teams.

"The Argentine Football Association's new baby" has long been a dream of president Julio Grondona, who has consistently spoken in favour of a larger, federalised championship during his 35-year reign in the organisation.

The new format, which would bring an end to the current short championships, will begin in February 2015 and, although differences around the money distributed by the governmental Fútbol Para Todos television program still persist, most of the project has been passed.

As the agreement currently stands, the 17 Primera teams who stay up this season will be assured a place in the new tournament, and will be joined by three more sides who gain promotion from the Nacional B second-tier championship.

The remaining 10 places will be decided through two tournaments of 11 teams each, from which the top five teams will join the top-flight.

Qualification for the continental championships, the Copa Libertadores and Copa Sudamericana, remains to be decided, while the average points relegation system will stay, with two teams a year facing relegation.

"The 30-team tournament has been approved," Belgrano de Córdoba president Armando Pérez stated on leaving the meeting, held in the AFA facility in the city of Ezeiza.

The director affirmed that there were still details to be ironed out, while admitting that there were some aspects of Grondona's initiative that he did not fully understand.
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