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Name variations of soccer leagues, cups and tournaments

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Soccer league names can be confusing. The breadth and depth of leagues within separate countries can be challenging to keep up with. Moreover, this is the case for new fans or existing fans. American Sports tend to follow one name for each league. However, soccer league names often switch around. Sponsorship titles only make the changes harder to keep up with.

For instance, England’s EFL Cup, sometimes also called the League Cup, has also been labeled the Coca-Cola Cup, Worthington Cup, Carling Cup, Milk Cup, Capital One Cup, and finally the Carabao Cup over the last 40 years. However, sponsorship change is not the only reason for confusion.

Sports fans, in general, tend to come up with nicknames for things. Whether it’s for certain players, coaches, or competitions, we sometimes refer to things in a way that seems to just make more sense to us. Also, leagues and governing bodies (like the FA in England) can change the official names to leagues/cup tournaments as well. This is perhaps most notable in Brazil, as their top division has officially changed names multiple times over the years.

Soccer League names that have different monikers

  • English Premier League (England’s top division) – Premier League, EPL, Barclays Premier League, BPL
  • FA Cup (England’s primary cup competition) – Emirates FA Cup, Football Association Challenge Cup
  • Carabao Cup (England’s secondary cup competition) – League Cup, EFL Cup
  • English Football League Championship (England’s second division) – EFL Championship, The Championship, Sky Bet Championship
  • La Liga (Spain’s top division) – Campeonato Nacional de Liga de Primera División, La Liga Santander
  • Copa del Rey (Spain’s primary cup competition) – Campeonato de España–Copa de Su Majestad el Rey, La Copa
  • Ligue 1 (France’s top division) – Ligue 1 Uber Eats
  • Coupe de France (France’s primary cup competition) – Coupe Charles Simon
  • Primeira Liga (Portugal’s top division) – Liga NOS
  • Belgian First Division A (Belgium’s top division) – Jupiler Pro League, Belgian Pro League
  • Allsvenskan (Sweden’s top division) – Fotbollsallsvenskan
  • Scottish League Cup (Scotland’s secondary cup competition) – Betfred Cup


  • Liga MX (Mexico’s top division) – Liga BBVA MX


  • Campeonato Brasileiro Serie A (Brazil’s top division) – Brasileirão, Brazilian Championship A Series


  • Primera Division (Argentina’s top division) – Liga Profesional de Fútbol
  • Categoría Primera A (Colombia’s top division) – Liga BetPlay Dimayor
  • Copa Colombia (Colombia’s primary cup competition) – Copa BetPlay Dimayor
  • Liga Pro Banco Pichincha (Ecuador’s top division) – Liga Pro, Serie A
  • Copa Ecuador (Ecuador’s primary cup competition) – Copa FEF Ecuador
  • Primera División (Paraguay’s top division) – Copa de Primera TIGO-Visión Banco, División Profesional de la Asociación Paraguaya de Fútbol
  • Liga 1 (Peru’s top division) – Peruvian Primera División, Liga 1 Betsson
  • Primera División (Venezuela’s top division) – Liga Venezolana


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