Football League (Greece)

The Football League (Greek: Φούτμπολ Λιγκ) is the third highest professional football league in Greece, being a feeder-league to the second tier Super League 2.

Football League Greece
Founded2010–present
1962–2010 (as Beta Ethniki)
CountryGreece
Number of teams14
Level on pyramid3
Promotion toSuper League 2
Relegation toGamma Ethniki
Domestic cup(s)Greek Cup
Current championsVolos (1st title)
(2018–19)
Most championshipsPanachaiki (6 titles)
Top goalscorerIlias Chatzieleftheriou (152 goals)
TV partnersERT3
Websitesl2fl.gr
2019–20 Football League

History

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.[1] 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.

As the Third National Division (2019−)

As of 2019, The Football League replaced the Gamma Ethniki as the third tier of the Greek football league system.

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.

Current members

The following 14 clubs are competing in the Football League during the 2019–20 season.

Club Finishing position last season Location Stadium Capacity
Diagoras2nd in Gamma Ethniki (Group 6)RhodesDiagoras Stadium3,693
Egaleo1st in Gamma Ethniki (Group 7)EgaleoStavros Mavrothalassitis Stadium8,217
Enosis Aspropyrgos1st in Gamma Ethniki (Group 8)AspropyrgosAspropyrgos Municipal Stadium2,000
Ialysos1st in Gamma Ethniki (Group 6)IalysosEconomideio Municipal Stadium2,000
OF Ierapetra1st in Gamma Ethniki (Group 5)IerapetraPetros Vouzounerakis Stadium3,000
Ionikos2nd in Gamma Ethniki (Group 5)NikaiaNeapoli Stadium6,000
Kalamata2nd in Gamma Ethniki (Group 8)KalamataKalamata Municipal Stadium5,613
Kavala1st in Gamma Ethniki (Group 1)KavalaAnthi Karagianni Stadium10,550
Niki Volos2nd in Gamma Ethniki (Group 4)VolosPantelis Magoulas Stadium5,000
Olympiacos Volos1st in Gamma Ethniki (Group 4)VolosVolos Municipal Stadium5,700
Thesprotos2nd in Gamma Ethniki (Group 3)IgoumenitsaIgoumenitsa Municipal Stadium3,500
Triglia2nd in Gamma Ethniki (Group 2)TrigliaTriglia Municipal Stadium5,000
Trikala12th in Football League 2018–19TrikalaTrikala Municipal Stadium15,000
Veria1st in Gamma Ethniki (Group 2)VeriaVeria Stadium7,000

Results

Second Division champions

From 1962 to 1983

Season Winner
1962–63Edessaikos (1), Doxa Drama (1),
Olympiacos Chalkida (1), Pankorinthiakos (1)
1963–64Panachaiki (1), Proodeftiki (1), Philippi Kavala (1)
1964–65Panserraikos (1), Edessaikos (2), Egaleo (1), Vyzas Megara (1)
1965–66Veria (1), OFI (1), Vyzas Megara (2)
1966–67Panelefsiniakos (1), Kavala (1), Olympiacos Volos (1)
1967–68Chalkida (1), Trikala (1)
1968–69Panachaiki (2), Kavala (2)
1969–70Apollon Smyrnis (1), Veria (2), Fostiras (1)
1970–71Panachaiki (3), Trikala (2), Olympiacos Volos (2)
1971–72Panserraikos (2), Kalamata (1), Atromitos (1)
1972–73Apollon Smyrnis (2), Apollon Kalamaria (1), AEL (1)
1973–74PAS Giannina (1), Kastoria (1), Kalamata (2)
1974–75Apollon Smyrnis (3), Panetolikos (1), Pierikos (1)
1975–76Kavala (3), OFI (2)
1976–77Egaleo (2), Veria (3)
1977–78Rodos (1), AEL (2)
1978–79Doxa Drama (2), Korinthos (1)
1979–80Panserraikos (3), Atromitos (2)
1980–81Rodos (2), Iraklis Thessaloniki (1)
1981–82Panachaiki (4), Makedonikos (1)
1982–83Egaleo (3), Apollon Kalamaria (2)

From 1983 to 2019

Season Winner
1983–84Panachaiki (5)
1984–85PAS Giannina (2)
1985–86Diagoras (1)
1986–87Panachaiki (6)
1987–88Doxa Drama (3)
1988–89Xanthi (1)
1989–90Athinaikos (1)
1990–91Ethnikos Piraeus (1)
1991–92Apollon Kalamaria (3)
1992–93Naoussa (1)
1993–94Ionikos (1)
1994–95Paniliakos (1)
Season Winner
1995–96Kavala (4)
1996–97Panionios (1)
1997–98Aris Thessaloniki (1)
1998–99Trikala (4)
1999–00Athinaikos (2)
2000–01Egaleo (4)
2001–02PAS Giannina (3)
2002–03Chalkidona (1)
2003–04Kerkyra (1)
2004–05AEL (3)
2005–06Ergotelis (1)
2006–07Asteras Tripolis (1)
Season Winner
2007–08Panserraikos (4)
2008–09Atromitos (3)
2009–10Olympiacos Volos (3)
2010–11Panetolikos (2)
2011–12Panthrakikos (1)
2012–13Apollon Smyrnis (4)
2013–14Niki Volos (1)
2014–15AEK Athens (1)
2015–16AEL (4)
2016–17Apollon Smyrnis (5)
2017–18OFI (3)
2018–19Volos (1)

Third Division champions

From 2019 to Present

Season Winner
2019–20TBD

See also

References

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