Football League (Greece)
1962–2010 (as Beta Ethniki)
|Number of teams||14|
|Level on pyramid||3|
|Promotion to||Super League 2|
|Relegation to||Gamma Ethniki|
|Domestic cup(s)||Greek Cup|
|Current champions||Volos (1st title) |
|Most championships||Panachaiki (6 titles)|
|Top goalscorer||Ilias Chatzieleftheriou (152 goals)|
As the Second National Division (1962−2019)
As the second tier of the Greek football league system, the Beta Ethniki was formally established in the fall of 1962, replacing the informal Greek FCA Winners' Championship, which at the time had tried various experimental formats towards establishing a second national football Division. All participating clubs had to disengage from their local football clubs associations' championships as a prerequisite for eligibility.
In its early years, the competition format was frequently altered each season. The competition was originally held in four groups of 14 clubs each until 1968–69, when the competition was reformatted to contain two groups. The following six years (1969–70 up to 1974–75), the competition was held with three Groups, whereas from 1975−76 up to 1982−83 the league was again contested in two Groups, North and South. In the autumn of 1983, a single, pan-Hellenic League Table was established, a format that has been applied continuously until the 2012–13 season. When football in Greece became professional, the Hellenic Football Federation handed over the responsibility for the competition's organization to the Greek Professional Football Clubs Association (Greek: ΕΠΑΕ). In 2006, the Professional Football Association of the Second and Third National Divisions (Greek: ΕΕΠ Β΄ & Γ΄ Εθνικής) was set up, which replaced the Greek Professional Football Clubs Association as the governing authority of the Second and Third National Divisions.
In August 2010, the division's governing body decided to change its own, as well as the competition's distinctive title to Football League. The competition was contested as the Second National Division until 2019, when the Greek football league system was restructured and the Super League 2 was established as the new feeder league to the Super League.
Structure of the league
At present, there are fourteen clubs that compete in the Football League, playing each other in a home and away series. At the end of the season, the bottom four teams are relegated to the Gamma Ethniki. The top two teams gain automatic promotion. Unlike the Super League, clubs in the Football League do not get relegated if the club fails to obtain a license. All teams in the Football League take part in the Greek Cup.
The following 14 clubs are competing in the Football League during the 2019–20 season.
- Kalamata were accepted to play in the Football League by decision of the HFF, taking the place of Nestos Chrysoupoli, who withdrew its participation.
Second Division champions
From 1962 to 1983
From 1983 to 2019
Third Division champions
From 2019 to Present