Amateur Era in Argentine football

The Amateur Era in Argentine football lasted between 1891 and 1931.


The first league tournament outside the United Kingdom took place in Argentina in 1891, it was dominated by British expatriate players and teams. Over the following decades the Creole population of Argentina adopted and came to dominate the game. The Alumni of Buenos Aires English High School folded in 1911, putting an end to the British dominance of the game. Although many second generation English footballers played for Argentina into the 1920s, and many descendants of English immigrants have played football at the highest level.

There were many divisions and re-unifications, several seasons featured two top-flights run by rival associations.

The end of the Amateur era came in 1931 with the birth of the Professional Argentine Primera. The most successful surviving team of the Amateur era were Racing Club de Avellaneda who won nine league championships between 1913 and 1925, including seven in a row (1913-1919).

Towards the end of the amateur era many of the better players such as Luis Monti, Renato Cesarini and Raimundo Orsi were leaving Argentina to play in the professional leagues of Europe, especially Italy. The professional Argentine Primera was launched by 18 breakaway clubs in 1931, the amateur league surviving only until 1934.

League champions

Champions by year

:"Official championships recognised by FIFA"


:1891-1903 No records survive


* [ Argentina 1890s] by "Osvaldo José Gorgazzi " at rsssf.
* [ Argentina 1900s] by "Osvaldo José Gorgazzi " at rsssf.
* [ Argentina 1910s] by "Osvaldo José Gorgazzi " at rsssf.
* [ Argentina 1920s] by "Osvaldo José Gorgazzi " at rsssf.
* [ Argentina topscorers] by "Emmanuel Castro Serna at rsssf.

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