The Copa Chile is an annual cup competition for Chilean professional football teams, commonly referred to as Chile Cup, currently known as Copa Chile MTS due to sponsorship reasons.
The cup competition is now open to every member association club of the Chilean football league system, from professional football teams; (Primera División, Primera B & Segunda División) down to teams from the ANFA: Tercera División.
The Chilean cup competition was started in 1993 under the name of Campeonato de Apertura, also known as the Opening Championship. This championship was an annual completion contested between Chilean teams.
The Campeonato de Apertura was sometimes contested in a knock-out system and a mini-league system at other editions. The competition has been considered the precursor of Copa Chile since 1958. And finally, Chile's official cup competition was started with the 1958 edition (first edition of Copa Chile) of the Copa Chile.
The trophy was canceled in 2000 for time constraints and team pressure. But the competition returned in 2008 and sent a team (the winner of the Copa Chile) to Copa Libertadores.
In the 2018 edition, Chilean Cup saw something amazing, which was also a historic moment. Palestino claimed the Copa Chile cup thanks to their 4-2 victory in aggregate against Audax Italiano. This reputable title was Palestino's first major title in the 21st Century and their third title ever.
Copa Chile is played by all 43 professional football teams in the top three divisions, such as Primera División, Primera B & Segunda División in Chile, and five amateur teams that earn places via invites.
The cup competition's format has changed over time in its history. The first editions were played on a knock-out phase-only structure, but the Chilean football authority opted to include a group stage in this event.
Eventually, this tournament format was dropped in favor of the current draw. It sees all lower-division teams contesting for a place in the round of 32 via a one-legged match system. All Primera División teams are given byes for Phase 1 and wait for the winning teams in the round of 32. From that point on, all results are in a two-leg format, including the final.
With 13 titles, Colo-Colo became the most successful club in the Copa Chile, and the club was also five-time runners-up. Copa Chile has got a total of 14 championships in its 41 editions. Of which nine have won the title more than once, and five have won the title at least once.
Universidad de Chile won the title five times, and Universidad Católica won four times. Palestino, Santiago Wanderers, and Deportes Iquique won the cup thrice each. Unión Española and Universidad de Concepción lifted nthe cup twice each.
Cobreloa, Everton, Deportes La Serena, Luis Cruz, Cobresal, Unión San Felipe are the teams that have won the Copa Chile at least once. There are ten more finalists who never won the cup.
Colo-Colo has played most of the 18 finals in Copa Chile, but Universidad Católica has been runner-up eight times. Audax Italiano is a team that has played the final three times at most but never won a title. Colo-Colo is the first and current champion of the Chilean top-level competition.
Copa Chile is now streaming; you can watch every fighting match of the Chilean cup competition live broadcast on TV and stream online.
Estadio TNT Sports has the exclusive rights to broadcast live matches of the Copa Chile in Chie, while CDF and La Red also present live coverage of the event in Chile.
TV Chile shows some selected matches per week, and this channel is also available in the United States on DirecTV Now on channel 437, NCTC, RCN, and Verizon FiOS TV.
You can watch it in Canada via Rogers Cable in Ontario and New Brunswick and Bell Canada or Videoton in Quebec. Through Luso Vision, you can watch it in Australia and New Zealand and Vissat or ONO in Europe and all over Latin America.
You can watch Copa Chile through various streaming sites. The lared.cl is an available streaming platform that provides live matches in Chile through cable box connection. But Fanatiz is a good subscription-based streaming option available in many countries globally and provides services without any cable box connection.
The Chilean fan also can watch the live streaming of Copa Chile in Chile through the official website and legal app of Estadio TNT Sports channel. If nothing else helps, you can use a proxy server like Express VPN, Ivacy VP, Tiger VPN, and Nord VPN to avoid accessing problems in worldwide streaming services and watching Copa Chile on the stream online.
Since the 2009 edition, the winners were awarded a direct promotion to compete in the Copa Sudamericana spot for the following season. However, this system was changed starting in 2015; since then, the winners have been allowed to play in Copa Libertadores for the next campaign.
In the history of the Copa Chile, the Primera División teams have dominated the cup competition. Because this is contested in a knock-out competition format, the opportunity for lower-level teams to upset a top-level team is a real possibility.