The Colombian league system sees the Categoría Primera A , or Liga Águila, sit at the top of the pyramid. This league is played beteen January and December each year, and is split into two identical competitions: the Apertura and Finalización tournaments. Each tournament produces a champion, so there are two domestic Colombian league champions revealed each calendar year.
From the Categoría Primera A, two teams are relegated into the Categoría Primera B at the end of each calendar year. The most successful teams over the course of the two annual tournaments qualify for the subsequent year's continental competitions, the Copa Libertadores and the Copa Sudamericana. Domestically there are also two other trophies to be fought for: the Copa Colombia and the Superliga Colombiana.
All of these competitions are covered by our Colombian football odds comparison tool.
The interest in betting on Colombian football has remained at a steady level since an initial burst in popularity with the arrival on the world stage of players of the calibre of Carlos Valderrama in the 1990s. These days there are a number of Colombian stars featuring for Europe's biggest clubs, and so the Colombian domestic league is seen as a ripe breeding ground for talented footballers.
Like many of the leagues in South America, the Colombian league is played from January to December, and is split into two identical tournaments, resulting in two champions every calendar year.
Looking back over the course of the last four calendar years, up to the end of 2018, the Colombian Liga Águila, the premier club league in the country, has been characterised by a distinct lack of goals – the average is usually barely above two goals a game, with frequently less than 30% of matches over the course of a campaign featuring three or more goals. Home field is usually a significant advantage, so 1-0 or 2-0 home wins tend to be the order of the day as far as betting coupons go.
Colombian football, like the country, has had somewhat of a rollercoaster history tinged with drama. Perhaps one of the most famous events in Colombian football took place off the pitch with the assassination of Andrés Escobar, the unfortunate player who scored an own goal against the USA at the FIFA World Cup in 1994.
But it would be hugely unfair to characterise Colombian football in this way, as it has a long and proud story of football, and over the years the Colombian football system has produced an incredible array of talent. Faustino Asprilla, René Higuita, Carlos Valderrama, Radamel Falcao and James Rodríguez to name but a few of the most well-known stars to come out of the country. It is also interesting to note that those players are sometimes defined as much by their flamboyant personalities as for their footballing ability.
Perhaps because of the interest these types of players have piqued in a global audiences over the years, Colombian players, the national team, and even to a certain extent the domestic leagues in Colombia have attracted a lot of betting attention. Colombia are often among the long-odds favourites on pre-World Cup betting coupons, for example.
Speaking of the World Cup, the men's team achieved its best result to date in 2014, reaching the quarter-final stage. The team won the Copa America in 2001, and finished as runners-up in the COCACAF Gold Cup in 2000. The women's team qualified for the FIFA Women's World Cup in 2011 and 2015, and finished as runners-up in Copa América Femenina in both 2010 and 2014.