Its first official professional tournament took place in 1942, and succeeded what was known as the Liga Capitalina (League of the Capital), which was an amateur tournament that started in 1919.The 1942-43 tournament was played by seven teams in a double round-robin tournament.
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Liga Nacional de Fútbol de Guatemala (National Football League of Guatemala), formerly known as Liga Mayor "A" (Major League "A") is a professional football division in Guatemala, the highest one in the country.
It is sanctioned by the Federación Nacional de Fútbol de Guatemala.
The champion and runner-up teams of the Liga Nacional's official tournaments qualify to participate in international competitions within the UNCAF and the CONCACAF.Twelve teams currently compose the league and compete for the national title.Comunicaciones, with 30 national titles, is the most successful club in the league to date.The league has had several different formats throughout its history; currently, the league season is divided into two tournaments.The Apertura, which is played in the fall, and the Clausura, which is played in the spring.The first 6 clubs in the standings at the end of each competition participate in the playoffs to determine the champion, 1st and 2nd place teams qualify directly to semi-finals, while the others have to play in the quarter-finals.