Likewise, in leagues where a knockout tournament follows on from the regular season, there are also two cup finals for football fans to enjoy. The real reason is excitement, because excitement means larger audiences and larger audiences mean more money. Following the traditional standard for soccer in the United States and Canada, the season is entirely contained within a calendar year. On the other hand, in the leagues of Nicaragua, Peru, Uruguay and Venezuela, the winners of the Apertura and Clausura play each other in a playoff for the season title, or there is a final stage where teams qualify based on placements in the Apertura and Clausura.
With shorter seasons, more is on the line in every match. In , it again became unified because of confusion among fans. For teams recently promoted, only the games played since their promotion are considered two or four tournaments.