Betting on Ecuadorian Football
The Liga PRO Ecuador, or Ecuadorian Serie A (sometimes also known as the Primera A), is the highest-level football league in the South American country. It operates on a promotion and relegation system with the Serie B, underneath which there is the Segunda Categoría.
The domestic cup competition is known as the Copa Ecuador, while successful teams from the country qualify for continental competitions in the shape of the Copa Libertadores and Copa Sudamericana.
Internationally, the Ecuador men's team is well-recognised due to its recent regular appearances at FIFA World Cups and of course Copa Americas. The women's national team is also well-established, and all of these teams matches, as well as the elite-level domestic competitions, are covered by our Ecuadorian football odds checker tool.
Ecuador Football Odds
Ecuadorian domestic football offers strong competition, and so the league and domestic cup competitions are always fiercely fought, with the player quality reasonably high. Of course, similar to most other footballing nations outside of the big leagues in Europe, the best talent is picked off early.
The Ecuadorian Serie A is a 16-team competition that has been played annually since 1957. The league runs from February through to December, similar to many of the leagues in South America.
Since its inception, eight different clubs have won the Ecuadorian championship, but there are 4 teams who have primarily dominated, claiming 53 of the 61 completed league championships between them. Those teams are Barcelona S.C. (the most successful club with 15 league titles), Emelec, El Nacional, and LDU Quito, who won the most recently completed competition in 2018. Unsurprisingly, it is those teams who dominate betting coupons, especially when playing at home.
Ecuadorian Football History
A national league has been contested in Ecuador since 1957, although smaller regional leagues existed prior to that. Historically teams from Quito and Guayaquil have dominated the competition: only two championships have been claimed by clubs outside of those two metropolitan areas.
The Ecuador national team has qualified semi-regularly for the FIFA World Cup in recent years: three of the last five tournaments have featured the team known as La Tricolor. The nation's best performance at the world's premier international football competition to date was the Round of 16 in 2006.
In the Copa America the team reached the quarter-finals in both 1997 and 2016. Ecuador did claim the Pan American Games gold in 2007, however, representing the country's only success at international level to date.
For the upcoming 2019 Copa America, Ecuador can currently be backed at betting odds of around 33/1.
The Ecuador women's team reached their first, and to date, only World Cup Finals in 2015, and secured third place at the Copa América Femenina in 2014, the same year the team finished as runner-up in the CONCACAF Women's Gold Cup.