2016–17 Third Amateur Football League (Bulgaria)

The 2016–17 Third Amateur Football League season was the 67th season of the Bulgarian Third Amateur Football League. The league is equivalent to the third level of the Bulgarian football pyramid, with a total of four divisions within it. The divisions themselves are geographically separated into Northwest, Northeast, Southeast, and Southwest. This was the first season following the 2016 reorganization of the Bulgarian football league system, which saw the emergence of new a competition format, including the First and Second Professional Football Leagues.[1]

Third Amateur Football League
Season2016–17

Changes from the 2015–16 seasonEdit

Club Movements Between V Group and B GroupEdit

The champions of the four 2015–16 V AFG divisions gained promotion to the 2016–17 Second League: Chernomorets Balchik from V AFG Northeast and Nesebar from V AFG Southeast, Etar Veliko Tarnovo from V AFG Northwest and CSKA Sofia from V AFG Southwest. Chernomorets Balchik refused to participate for financial reasons,[2] while a new club CSKA Sofia was formed with the merger of Chavdar Etropole and Litex Lovech and was invited by the Bulgarian Football Union directly to the newly formed First League.[3]

In return, four teams were relegated to the Third League: Dobrudzha Dobrich, Septemvri Simitli, Lokomotiv Mezdra and Litex Lovech II.

Club Movements Between V Group and the Regional GroupsEdit

Northeast groupEdit

Stadia and locationsEdit

Location of teams in 2016–17 Northeast Third League
Northeast Third League
Season2016–17
ChampionsChernomorets Balchik
PromotedChernomorets Balchik
RelegatedSpartak Varna
Inter Dobrich
Biggest home winSpartak Varna 7–0 Dorostol
(8 October 2016)[4]
Dobrudzha Dobrich 7–0 Kubrat
(11 March 2017)[5]
Biggest away winBotev Novi Pazar 0−5 Suvorovo
(26 October 2016)[6]
Highest scoringDorostol 5–2 Hitrino
(27 August 2016)[7]
Spartak Varna 7–0 Dorostol
(8 October 2016)[4]
Lokomotiv Ruse 5–2 Kubrat
(20 November 2016)[8]
Dobrudzha Dobrich 7–0 Kubrat
(11 March 2017)[5]
Team City Stadium Capacity
Botev Novi Pazar Novi Pazar Gradski 8,000
Chernomorets Balchik Balchik Gradski 3,100
Dobrudzha Dobrich Dobrich Druzhba 12,500
Dorostol Silistra Silistra Louis Eyer 12,000
Hitrino Hitrino Hitrino
Inter Dobrich Dobrich Druzhba (artificial ground)
Kaliakra Kavarna Kavarna Kavarna 5,000
Kubrat Kubrat Gradski 6,000
Lokomotiv Ruse Ruse Dunav 19,960
Spartak Varna Varna Lokomotiv 1,000
Suvorovo Suvorovo Suvorovo 1,000
Svetkavitsa Targovishte Targovishte Dimitar Burkov 5,000
Septemvri Tervel Tervel Septemvri 700

Regular seasonEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification or relegation
1 Chernomorets Balchik 22 19 3 0 49 7 +42 60 Qualification to Championship round
2 Dobrudzha Dobrich 22 17 4 1 55 8 +47 55
3 Suvorovo 22 12 3 7 41 20 +21 39
4 Kaliakra Kavarna 22 11 3 8 33 24 +9 36
5 Botev Novi Pazar 22 11 1 10 21 37 −16 34
6 Septemvri Tervel 22 7 7 8 21 25 −4 28
7 Lokomotiv Ruse[a] 22 6 9 7 28 24 +4 27
8 Svetkavitsa Targovishte 22 5 8 9 15 28 −13 23 Qualification to Relegation round
9 Kubrat 22 6 4 12 21 39 −18 22
10 Hitrino 22 6 2 14 18 32 −14 20
11 Dorostol Silistra 22 4 3 15 15 43 −28 15
12 Spartak Varna[b] (D, R) 22 4 1 17 21 51 −30 10 Relegation to Regional Divions
13 Inter Dobrich[c] (D, R) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0[d]
Source: bulgarian-football.com, Soccerway
Rules for classification: 1) Points; 2) Head-to-head points; 3) Head-to-head goal difference; 4) Head-to-head goals scored; 5) Head-to-head away goals scored (only if two teams); 6) Goal difference; 7) Goals scored; 8) Fairplay ranking; 9) Draw.[12]
(D) Disqualified; (R) Relegated
Notes:
  1. ^ Marisan Ruse merged with Ruse into Lokomotiv Ruse on 23 June 2016.
  2. ^ On 19 December 2016, Spartak Varna were deducted 3 points for non-attendance of their game against Chernomorets Balchik.[9] On 22 February 2017, following non-attendance of their game against Kubrat, Spartak Varna were expelled from the league. All remaining fixtures are awarded 0–3 against them.[10]
  3. ^ Inter Plachidol moved to Dobrich on 17 June 2016.
  4. ^ On 10 October 2016, Inter Dobrich resigned from participation, according to the club as a manner of protest against inadequate punishment of their player. All fixtures involving the team were annulled.[11]

Championship roundEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Promotion
1 Chernomorets Balchik (C, P) 28 24 4 0 67 9 +58 76 Promotion to Second League
2 Dobrudzha Dobrich 28 20 6 2 69 13 +56 66
3 Suvorovo 28 16 4 8 51 28 +23 52
4 Kaliakra Kavarna 28 12 4 12 42 38 +4 40
5 Botev Novi Pazar 28 12 1 15 23 51 −28 37
6 Lokomotiv Ruse 28 8 11 9 32 30 +2 35
7 Septemvri Tervel 28 8 8 12 26 38 −12 32
Source: bulgarian-football.com, Soccerway
Rules for classification: 1) Points; 2) Head-to-head points; 3) Head-to-head goal difference; 4) Head-to-head goals scored; 5) Head-to-head away goals scored (only if two teams); 6) Goal difference; 7) Goals scored; 8) Fairplay ranking; 9) Draw.[13]
(C) Champion; (P) Promoted

Relegation roundEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
1 Svetkavitsa Targovishte 25 6 9 10 17 29 −12 27
2 Kubrat 25 6 7 12 24 42 −18 25
3 Hitrino 25 6 4 15 20 36 −16 22
4 Dorostol Silistra 25 5 5 15 17 44 −27 20
Source: bulgarian-football.com, Soccerway
Rules for classification: 1) Points; 2) Head-to-head points; 3) Head-to-head goal difference; 4) Head-to-head goals scored; 5) Head-to-head away goals scored (only if two teams); 6) Goal difference; 7) Goals scored; 8) Fairplay ranking; 9) Draw.[13]

Southeast groupEdit

Stadia and locationsEdit

Southeast Third League
Season2016–17
ChampionsZagorets
PromotedMaritsa Plovdiv
RelegatedLyubimets
Elhovo
Top goalscorerVentsislav Gyuzelev (31)[14]
Biggest home winUragan Boyadzhik 11–1 Rakovski
(22 April 2017)[15]
Biggest away winLyubimets 0–7 Zagorets
(20 May 2017)[16]
Highest scoringUragan Boyadzhik 11–1 Rakovski
(22 April 2017)[15]
Team City Stadium Capacity
Arda Kardzhali Perperek Stadium, Perperek 420
Asenovets Asenovgrad Shipka 4,000
Atletik Kuklen Atletik 1,000
Borislav Parvomay Gradski 8,000
Dimitrovgrad Dimitrovgrad Minyor 10,000
Elhovo Elhovo Stefan Karadzha
Eurocollege Plovdiv Eurocollege Sport Complex, Orizari
Gigant Saedinenie Saedinenie 5,000
Karnobat Karnobat Gradski 3,000
Lyubimets Lyubimets Gradski 4,000
Maritsa Plovdiv Maritsa 8,000
Minyor Radnevo Minyor 2,000
Rakovski Rakovski Franz Kokov 3,000
Rozova Dolina Kazanlak Sevtopolis 15,000
Svilengrad Svilengrad Kolodruma 1,750
Uragan Boyadzhik Madaba Stadium, Kabile
Vereya II Stara Zagora Trace Arena 3,000
Zagorets Nova Zagora Zagorets 5,900

League tableEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Promotion or relegation
1 Zagorets Nova Zagora[a] (C) 34 26 6 2 77 13 +64 84
2 Maritsa Plovdiv[a] (P) 34 26 0 8 95 25 +70 78 Promotion to Second League
3 Karnobat 34 23 4 7 79 35 +44 73
4 Rozova Dolina Kazanlak 34 20 4 10 69 38 +31 64
5 Atletik Kuklen 34 15 8 11 58 44 +14 53
6 Borislav Parvomay 34 14 8 12 60 48 +12 50
7 Eurocollege Plovdiv 34 14 4 16 64 65 −1 46
8 Uragan Boyadzhik 34 13 6 15 55 66 −11 45
9 Asenovets Asenovgrad 34 13 5 16 50 56 −6 44
10 Dimitrovgrad 34 12 7 15 35 39 −4 43
11 Vereya II 34 12 5 17 66 76 −10 41[b]
12 Gigant Saedinenie 34 12 5 17 51 71 −20 41[b]
13 Svilengrad 34 11 8 15 41 52 −11 41[b]
14 Rakovski 34 11 7 16 52 81 −29 40
15 Minyor Radnevo 34 11 6 17 39 58 −19 39[c]
16 Arda Kardzhali 34 11 6 17 49 69 −20 39[c]
17 Lyubimets[d] (R) 34 9 6 19 38 79 −41 33 Relegation to Regional Divisions
18 Elhovo (R) 34 4 3 27 27 90 −63 15
Source: bulgarian-football.com, Soccerway
Rules for classification: 1) Points; 2) Head-to-head points; 3) Head-to-head goal difference; 4) Head-to-head goals scored; 5) Head-to-head away goals scored (only if two teams); 6) Goal difference; 7) Goals scored; 8) Fairplay ranking; 9) Draw.[12]
(C) Champion; (P) Promoted; (R) Relegated
Notes:
  1. ^ a b Zagorets declined promotion due to financial and organizational reasons; runners-up Maritsa Plovdiv took their place.[17]
  2. ^ a b c Vereya II ahead of Gigant Saedinenie and Svilengrad on head-to-head record; Vereya II 8 pts, Gigant Saedinenie 5 pts, Svilengrad 2 pts.
  3. ^ a b Minyor Radnevo ahead of Arda Kardzhali on head-to-head record; Arda Kardzhali–Minyor Radnevo 3–1, Minyor Radnevo–Arda Kardzhali 2–0.
  4. ^ Lyubimets took the place of Spartak Plovdiv after the latter declared its withdrawal on 11 August 2016.

Northwest groupEdit

Stadia and locationsEdit

Location of teams in 2016–17 Northwest Third League
Northwest Third League
Season2016–17
ChampionsLitex
PromotedLitex
RelegatedKom Berkovitsa
Juventus Malchika
Top goalscorerRumen Rangelov (24)[18]
Biggest home winSevlievo 11–0 Kom Berkovitsa
(12 March 2017)[19]
Biggest away winKom Berkovitsa 0–10 Bdin Vidin
(28 May 2017)[20]
Highest scoringKariana 11–3 Yantra Gabrovo
(23 April 2017)[21]
Team City Stadium Capacity
Bdin Vidin Vidin Georgi Benkovski 15,000
Kariana Erden Erden Kariana Sport Complex 1,000
Miziya Knezha Knezha Gradski 1,000
Kom Berkovitsa Berkovitsa Mramor 3,000
Levski Levski Levski 6,000
Litex Lovech Lovech Gradski 8,100
Juventus Malchika Malchika Georgi Karchev 1,000
Partizan Cherven Bryag Cherven Bryag Gradski 700
Parva Atomna Kozloduy Kozloduy Hristo Botev 3,000
Pavlikeni Pavlikeni Gancho Panov 10,000
Sevlievo Sevlievo Rakovski 5,000
Vihar Slavyanovo Slavyanovo Gradski 1,000
Akademik Svishtov Svishtov Akademik 13,500
Tryavna Tryavna Gradski 3,000
Yantra Gabrovo Gabrovo Hristo Botev 14,000

League tableEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Promotion or relegation
1 Litex Lovech[a] (C, P) 28 25 2 1 114 9 +105 77 Promotion to Second League
2 Kariana Erden 28 21 4 3 90 18 +72 67
3 Sevlievo 28 18 4 6 69 33 +36 58
4 Levski 28 17 4 7 50 26 +24 55
5 Bdin Vidin 28 16 4 8 82 33 +49 52
6 Vihar Slavyanovo 28 15 5 8 70 29 +41 50
7 Akademik Svishtov 28 11 5 12 43 41 +2 38
8 Parva Atomna Kozloduy[b] 28 10 5 13 43 56 −13 35
9 Pavlikeni 28 10 4 14 42 49 −7 34[c]
10 Yantra Gabrovo 28 10 4 14 49 61 −12 34[c]
11 Tryavna 28 8 7 13 35 50 −15 31[d]
12 Miziya Knezha 28 7 10 11 38 59 −21 31[d]
13 Partizan Cherven Bryag 28 6 5 17 23 72 −49 23
14 Kom Berkovitsa (R) 28 2 1 25 20 140 −120 7 Relegation to Regional Divisions
15 Juventus Malchika (R) 28 1 2 25 18 110 −92 5
Source: bulgarian-football.com, Soccerway
Rules for classification: 1) Points; 2) Head-to-head points; 3) Head-to-head goal difference; 4) Head-to-head goals scored; 5) Head-to-head away goals scored (only if two teams); 6) Goal difference; 7) Goals scored; 8) Fairplay ranking; 9) Draw.[22]
(C) Champion; (P) Promoted; (R) Relegated
Notes:
  1. ^ Botev Lukovit merges with reestablished Litex Lovech into Litex Lovech.
  2. ^ Dunav 98 (Selanovci) merges with Botev Kozloduy into Parva Atomna.
  3. ^ a b Pavlikeni ahead of Yantra Gabrovo on head-to-head record; Yantra Gabrovo–Pavlikeni 0–1, Pavlikeni–Yantra Gabrovo 1–1.
  4. ^ a b Tryavna ahead of Miziya Knezha on head-to-head record; Miziya Knezha–Tryavna 1–1, Tryavna–Miziya Knezha 0–0.

Southwest groupEdit

Stadia and locationsEdit

Southwest Third League
Season2016–17
ChampionsStrumska Slava Radomir
PromotedStrumska Slava Radomir
RelegatedVelbazhd Kyustendil
Chepinets Velingrad
Top goalscorerTsvetelin Tsakovski (29)
Biggest home winGermanea 11–1 Chepinets Velingrad
(21 August 2016)[23]
Biggest away winChepinets Velingrad 0–8 Pirin Gotse Delchev
(9 November 2016)[24]
Highest scoringGermanea 11–1 Chepinets Velingrad
(21 August 2016)[23]
Team City Stadium Capacity
Balkan Botevgrad Botevgrad Hristo Botev 8,000
Belasitsa Petrich Petrich Kolarovo, Kolarovo
Botev Ihtiman Ihtiman Hristo Botev 5,000
Chavdar Etropole Etropole Chavdar 5,600
Chepinets Velingrad Velingrad Chepinets 8,000
Germanea Sapareva Banya Sapareva Banya Sapareva Banya 500
Hebar Pazardzhik Pazardzhik Georgi Benkovski 13,128
Marek Dupnitsa Dupnitsa Bonchuk 8,050
Minyor Pernik Pernik Minyor 8,000
Pirin Gotse Delchev Gotse Delchev Gradski 5,000
Pirin Razlog Razlog Gradski 6,500
Rilski Sportist Samokov Samokov Iskar 7,000
Septemvri Simitli Simitli Struma 8,000
Slivnishki Geroy Slivnitsa Slivnishki Geroy 7,000
Strumska Slava Radomir Gradski 5,000
Svoboda Peshtera Peshtera Gradski 3,500
Velbazhd Kyustendil Kyustendil Osogovo 13,000
Vihren Sandanski Sandanski Sandanski 6,000

League tableEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Promotion or relegation
1 Strumska Slava (C, P) 34 23 9 2 76 20 +56 78 Promotion to Second League
2 Septemvri Simitli 34 21 9 4 62 28 +34 72
3 Minyor Pernik 34 20 8 6 58 37 +21 68
4 Slivnishki Geroy 34 19 2 13 69 39 +30 59[a]
5 Belasitsa Petrich 34 16 11 7 52 34 +18 59[a]
6 Hebar Pazardzhik[b] 34 18 4 12 68 41 +27 58
7 Chavdar Etropole[c] 34 17 2 15 60 46 +14 53
8 Marek Dupnitsa 34 15 7 12 51 50 +1 52
9 Rilski Sportist Samokov 34 12 7 15 53 61 −8 43
10 Pirin Gotse Delchev 34 12 6 16 45 41 +4 42
11 Pirin Razlog[d] 34 11 8 15 36 55 −19 41
12 Balkan Botevgrad 34 11 7 16 54 55 −1 40
13 Botev Ihtiman 34 12 2 20 49 72 −23 38[e]
14 Germanea Sapareva Banya 34 11 5 18 52 52 0 38[e]
15 Vihren Sandanski 34 10 7 17 36 46 −10 37[f]
16 Svoboda Peshtera[g] 34 11 4 19 36 75 −39 37[f]
17 Velbazhd Kyustendil (R) 34 9 5 20 44 63 −19 32 Relegation to Regional Divisions
18 Chepinets Velingrad (R) 34 5 3 26 33 119 −86 18
Source: bulgarian-football.com, Soccerway
Rules for classification: 1) Points; 2) Head-to-head points; 3) Head-to-head goal difference; 4) Head-to-head goals scored; 5) Head-to-head away goals scored (only if two teams); 6) Goal difference; 7) Goals scored; 8) Fairplay ranking; 9) Draw.[26]
(C) Champion; (P) Promoted; (R) Relegated
Notes:
  1. ^ a b Slivnishki Geroy ahead of Belasitsa Petrich on head-to-head record; Belasitsa Petrich–Slivnishki Geroy 1–0, Slivnishki Geroy–Belasitsa Petrich 2–0.
  2. ^ Chiko Byaga merges with Hebar Pazardzhik into Hebar Pazardzhik.
  3. ^ Pravets merges with reestablished Chavdar Etropole into Chavdar Etropole.
  4. ^ Malesh Mikrevo merges with reestablished Pirin Razlog into Pirin Razlog.
  5. ^ a b Botev Ihtiman ahead of Germanea Sapareva Banya on head-to-head record; Germanea Sapareva Banya–Botev Ihtiman 1–3, Botev Ihtiman–Germanea Sapareva Banya 1–0.
  6. ^ a b Vihren Sandanski ahead of Svoboda Peshtera on head-to-head record; Svoboda Peshtera–Vihren Sandanski 1–6, Vihren Sandanski–Svoboda Peshtera 3–1.
  7. ^ Svoboda Peshtera was supposed to be relegated to A RFG Pazardzhik since two clubs from the Southwest region (Bansko and CSKA Sofia II) were relegated from 2016–17 Second League. However, CSKA Sofia II refused to participate in 2017–18 Third League, thus Svoboda Peshtera kept its place in the league.[25]

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