Balanced Partition of a Graph for Football Team Realignment in Ecuador

  • Diego RecaldeEmail author
  • Daniel Severín
  • Ramiro Torres
  • Polo Vaca
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 9849)


In the second category of the Ecuadorian football league, a set of football teams must be grouped into \(k\) geographical zones according to some regulations, where the total distance of the road trips that all teams must travel to play a Double Round Robin Tournament in each zone is minimized. This problem can be modeled as a \(k\)-clique partitioning problem with constraints on the sizes and weights of the cliques. An integer programming formulation and a heuristic approach were developed to provide a solution to the problem which has been implemented in the 2015 edition of the aforementioned football championship.


Integer programming models Graph partitioning Heuristics Football 



We thank Patricio Torres, authority of the team Liga Deportiva Universitaria, and Galo Barreto, former manager of AFNA, for their support to this project. This research was partially supported by the PACK-COVER MATH-AmSud cooperation project.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Diego Recalde
    • 1
    • 2
    Email author
  • Daniel Severín
    • 3
    • 4
  • Ramiro Torres
    • 1
  • Polo Vaca
    • 1
  1. 1.Departamento de MatemáticaEscuela Politécnica NacionalQuitoEcuador
  2. 2.Research Center on Mathematical Modelling (MODEMAT)Escuela Politécnica NacionalQuitoEcuador
  3. 3.FCEIAUniversidad Nacional de RosarioRosarioArgentina
  4. 4.CONICETRosarioArgentina

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