This is how the areas of the Professional League Cup remained

The Professional League Cup, the first tournament of 2022, had this Tuesday the “draw” of its zones, which were determined as follows.

  • Zone A: Argentinos Juniors, Atlético Tucumán, Banfield, Defensa y Justicia, Gimnasia, Newell’s, Patronato, Platense, Racing, River, San Lorenzo, Sarmiento, Workshops and Union.
  • Zone B: Aldosivi, Arsenal, Barracas Central, Mouth, Central Córdoba, Colón, Estudiantes, Godoy Cruz, Huracán, Independent, Lanús, Rosario Central, Tigre and Vélez.

The leaders of the 28 teams of the convulsed Professional Football League –some in person and others by videoconference- participated in the “raffle” held in the afternoon at a hotel in Puerto Madero.

The event was not televised, a recent custom in the LPF draws, where many teams end up being placed “by finger” so that classic rivals are not crossed in the same group. In addition, the first date and the classics date were announced, on day number 7.

First date

  • Zone A: Banfield-San Lorenzo, Newell’s-Defense, Patronato-Argentinos, Platense-Talleres, Racing-Gimnasia, Sarmiento-Atlético Tucumán, Unión-River.
  • Zone B: Arsenal-Rosario Central, Boca-Colón, Central Córdoba-Barracas Central, Estudiantes-Independiente, Godoy Cruz-Tigre, Huracán-Lanús, Vélez-Aldosivi.

Classic date

  • Aldosivi-Board of Trustees, Argentinos-Velez, Atlético Tucumán-Central Córdoba, Barracas Central-Sarmiento, Columbus-Union, Defense-Arsenal, Gymnastics-Students, Independiente-Racing, Lanús-Banfield, River-Boca, Rosario Central-Newell’s, San Lorenzo-Huracán, Workshops-Godoy Cruz, Tigre-Platense.

The start of the tournament, which will have as one of its attractions what will add up for the averages (the declines return at the end of the year), it was officially scheduled for the first weekend of next month but in the last hours the possibility of a week postponement due to the impact of the pandemic was installed.

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Since training was resumed More than 200 positive cases of coronavirus were reported among footballers, members of the coaching staff and assistants.

From Footballers Associated they support the postponement, despite the fact that the rest between the end of the League Cup and the start of the 2022 LPF tournament would be shortened, in the middle of a tight schedule for the Qatar 2022 World Cup.

The Professional League Cup will have the same format of the tournament that Colón de Santa Fe conquered in June of last year, but with the incorporation of the promoted Tigre and Barracas Central.

The 28 teams will be divided into two groups and after a round of all against all the best four from each zone will qualify for the knockout phase.

In addition to the 13 matches of the first phase there will be an interzonal date which will mostly be paired with the so-called “classics.”

The crosses of the eliminatory phase will be played as a single match in the stadium of the best classified, while the semifinals and the final will be played on a neutral court.

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