In the presence of the Professional Football League authorities and the clubs' executives, the draw for the next tournament was carried out on Wednesday. Ignacio Villarroel, River’s Secretary, was present on behalf of el Más Grande.
River Plate will be part of Zone A and will play against Aldosivi, Argentinos Juniors, Arsenal, Banfield, Central Córdoba, Colón, Estudiantes, Godoy Cruz, Platense, Racing, Rosario Central, and San Lorenzo.
Meanwhile, Zone B will include Atlético Tucumán, Boca, Defensa y Justicia, Gimnasia LP, Huracán, Independiente, Lanús, Newell’s, Patronato, Sarmiento, Talleres, Unión, and Vélez.
The classic interzonal match between River and Boca Juniors will take place on matchday 5.
There will be 13 matchdays and this stage will come to an end on the week of May 9th. Then, the four best teams of each zone will play the quarterfinals. This stage will take place between May 16th and 30th.
The qualifying teams will face one another in a single match: the first one of Zone A will face the fourth one of Zone B; the second one of Zone A will play against the third one of Zone B; the third one of Zone A will face the second one of Zone B, and the fourth one of Zone A will play against the first one of Zone B. All matches will be played at the stadium of the highest-ranking team in each zone. If regulation time ends with a tie score, the winner will be decided by a penalty shoot-out.
In the semifinals, the teams will face one another on neutral ground and, in case of a tie at full time, the winner will be decided by a penalty shoot-out. The final will also be played on neutral ground for 90 minutes. In case of a tie, it will be extended for an extra 30 minutes. Should the tie persist, the winner will be decided by a penalty shoot-out. The winner will directly qualify for the 2022 CONMEBOL Libertadores.
Matchday 1: Estudiantes vs. River Matchday 2: River vs. Rosario Central Matchday 3: Platense vs. River Matchday 4: River vs. Argentinos Juniors Matchday 5: Boca Juniors vs. River Matchday 6: Godoy Cruz vs. River Matchday 7: River vs. Racing
Matchday 8: Arsenal vs. River Matchday 9: River vs. Colón Matchday 10: Central Córdoba vs. River Matchday 11: River vs. San Lorenzo Matchday 12: Banfield vs. River Matchday 13: River vs. Aldosivi