Football in Panama

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Football in Panama
Country Panama
Governing body Federación Panameña de Fútbol
National team(s) Men's national team
First played 1862
National competitions
International competitions
CONCACAF Champions League
CONCACAF Gold Cup (National Team)
FIFA World Cup (National Team)
FIFA Confederations Cup (Men's National Team)
CONCACAF Women's Championship (National Team)
FIFA Women's World Cup (National Team)

Football in Panama is run by the Federación Panameña de Fútbol. The association administers the national football team, as well as the ANAPROF.[1] Football is the second most popular sport in Panama, after baseball.[2] Panama qualified for the 2018 FIFA World Cup.[3]

Domestic football

In 1988 professional football was established in Panama.[4] Gary Stempel is considered an influential figure in improving Panama football.[5][6]

League system




Liga Panameña de Fútbol
10 clubs


Liga Nacional de Ascenso
11 clubs


Copa Rommel Fernández
19 clubs divided in 3 series, one of 8 clubs, one of 6 clubs and one of 5 clubs


Panamanian Regional Leagues
10 leagues

National team

The 2010s, the national team experienced its greatest success by being runners-up in the CONCACAF Gold Cup [1] and qualifying for 2018 World Cup.[7][8]


  1. ^ a b "Panama's Golden Generation tarnished once again". Retrieved 2014-03-25. 
  2. ^ Editorial, Reuters. "Soccer - Panama World Cup bow owes much to old hands and Gomez magic". Retrieved 19 March 2018. 
  3. ^ "Trinidad and Tobago 2-1 USA". 11 October 2017. Retrieved 11 October 2017 – via 
  4. ^ "From zero to World Cup qualification: the history of football in Panama". Retrieved 8 March 2018. 
  5. ^ "Englishman Gary Stempel kick-started Panama's love of the 'Beautiful Game'". 24 December 2017. Retrieved 8 March 2018. 
  6. ^ "An Englishman abroad: All the Panama players want to be in Stempel's gang". Retrieved 8 March 2018. 
  7. ^ "From agony to ecstasy: Panama's remarkable journey to the 2018 World Cup and a night they'll never forget". 11 October 2017. Retrieved 8 March 2018. 
  8. ^ "Panama's World Cup dream is still alive for Jacksonville's Tony Taylor". Retrieved 8 March 2018. 

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