2019–20 Third Amateur Football League (Bulgaria)

The 2019–20 Third Amateur Football League season was the 70th season of the Bulgarian Third Amateur Football League. The group is equivalent to the third level of the Bulgarian football pyramid with four divisions existing in it. The divisions themselves are geographically separated into North-West, North-East, South-East, and South-West, covering the football clubs of their respective zones. This is the second season after the reorganization of the Bulgarian football system, which saw the emergence of new competition formats, such as First and Second Professional Football Leagues.

Third Amateur Football League
Season2019–20
Promoted
RelegatedNone (per decision of the Bulgarian Football Union); Kaliakra Kavarna (expelled)

The matches were suspended on 13 March 2020 as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.[1] On 21 April 2020, the Bulgarian Football Union decided that the league will not be completed and the standings prior to the suspension of the fixtures were considered final.[2] The one exception was to constitute the South-West zone where initially a separate playoff was to be held between Minyor Pernik and Septemvri Simitli to determine the group winner, but on 15 May the Bulgarian Football Union decided to promote the team from Pernik directly.[3] No teams were relegated from the Third Amateur Football League,[2] with the exception of teams that were expelled from the league for financial problems.

Team changesEdit

To Third LeagueEdit

Promoted from Regional Divisions

Relegated from Second League

Club movements between Third League and Second LeagueEdit

The champions of three Third League divisions gained promotion to the 2020–21 Second League: Dobrudzha Dobrich from North-East, Yantra Dabrova from North-West, Minyor Pernik from South-West, Sozopol from South-East group.

Club movements between Third League and the Regional GroupsEdit

Northeast groupEdit

Stadia and locationsEdit

Location of teams in 2019–20 North-East Third League
North-East Third League
Season2019–20
ChampionsDobrudzha Dobrich
PromotedDobrudzha Dobrich
RelegatedNone
Matches played93
Goals scored303 (3.26 per match)
2020–21
All statistics correct as of 4 March 2020.
Team City Stadium Capacity
Benkovski Byala Georgi Benkosvki 3,000
Botev Novi Pazar Gradski 8,000
Chernolomets Popovo Popovo Stamo Kostov Stadium(Popovo) 5,000
Dobrudzha Dobrich Druzhba 12,500
Hitrino Hitrino Hitrino 600
Kaliakra Kavarna Kavarna 5,000
Kubrat Kubrat Gradski 6,000
Lokomotiv Ruse Dunav 19,960
Septemvri Tervel Septemvri 700
Shumen Shumen Panayot Volov Stadium 24,390
Suvorovo Suvorovo Suvorovo 1,000
Svetkavitsa Targovishte Dimitar Burkov 5,000
Topoli Topoli Topoli Stadium 1,000
Ustrem Donchevo Donchevo Stadium 1,000

League tableEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Promotion or relegation
1 Dobrudzha Dobrich (C, P) 15 15 0 0 51 7 +44 45 Promotion to Second League
2 Suvorovo 16 10 2 4 41 15 +26 32
3 Ustrem 15 10 1 4 28 21 +7 31
4 Chernolomets Popovo 14 8 3 3 31 14 +17 27
5 Septemvri Tervel 16 8 4 4 26 12 +14 28
6 Svetkavitsa Targovishte 16 8 3 5 32 29 +3 27
7 Topoli 15 7 2 6 21 19 +2 23
8 Shumen 14 5 4 5 27 22 +5 19
9 Kubrat 14 3 1 10 9 33 −24 10
10 Benkovski Byala 15 2 2 11 14 41 −27 8
11 Botev Novi Pazar 14 0 2 12 6 42 −36 2
12 Hitrino 23 4 2 17 17 51 −34 14
13 Kaliakra Kavarna (D) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Expelled from the league
14 Lokomotiv Ruse (D) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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.[6]
(C) Champion; (D) Disqualified; (P) Promoted

Southeast groupEdit

Stadia and locationsEdit

South-East Third League
Season2019–20
ChampionsSozopol
PromotedSozopol
RelegatedNone
Matches played178
Goals scored498 (2.8 per match)
Top goalscorer  Plamen Ivanov (14 goals)
2020–21
All statistics correct as of 4 March 2020.
Team City Stadium Capacity
Atletik Kuklen Atletik 1,000
Borislav Parvomay Gradski 8,000
Chernomorets Burgas Chernomorets Stadium 22,000
Dimitrovgrad Dimitrovgrad Minyor 10,000
Gigant Saedinenie Saedinenie 5,000
Haskovo Haskovo Stadium Dimitar Kanev 20,000
Karnobat Karnobat Gradski 3,000
Levski Karlovo Vasil Levski 3,000
Maritsa Plovdiv Plovdiv Sporten Kompleks Botev 1912 4,000
Minyor Radnevo Minyor 2,000
Nesebar Nesebar Gradski 6,800
Rodopa Smolyan Septemvri Stadium 6,100
Rozova Dolina Kazanlak Sevtopolis 15,000
Sokol Markovo Sokol 2,500
Sozopol Sozopol Gradski 3,500
Svilengrad Svilengrad Kolodruma 1,750
FC Yambol Yambol Tundzha 18,000
Zagorets Nova Zagora Zagorets 5,900

League tableEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Promotion or relegation
1 Sozopol (C, P) 19 14 3 2 36 8 +28 45 Promotion to Second League
2 Maritsa Plovdiv 20 14 2 4 46 15 +31 44
3 Zagorets 19 14 1 4 52 15 +37 43
4 Chernomorets Burgas 20 12 3 5 33 19 +14 39
5 Gigant Saedinenie 19 10 4 5 27 19 +8 34
6 Minyor Radnevo 20 8 9 3 29 13 +16 33
7 Rozova Dolina 19 9 3 7 38 30 +8 30
8 Svilengrad 19 9 3 7 27 19 +8 30
9 Borislav Parvomay 20 8 2 10 31 33 −2 26
10 Nesebar 19 8 2 9 22 25 −3 26
11 Rodopa Smolyan 20 7 3 10 26 33 −7 24
12 Levski Karlovo 19 5 6 8 18 22 −4 21
13 Atletik Kuklen 19 6 2 11 19 30 −11 20
14 Sokol Markovo 19 5 3 11 21 47 −26 18
15 Karnobat 20 4 5 11 20 33 −13 17
16 Yambol 19 4 4 11 17 38 −21 16
17 Dimitrovgrad 19 3 3 13 13 49 −36 12
18 Haskovo[a] (D) 26 6 4 16 23 50 −27 22 Expelled from the league
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.[8]
(C) Champion; (D) Disqualified; (P) Promoted
Notes:
  1. ^ On 21 January 2020, FC Haskovo 1957 (Haskovo) declined further participation. Their previous results were counted, and the opponents they were to face until the end of the championship were awarded official victories by a score of 3–0.[7]

Northwest groupEdit

Stadia and locationsEdit

North-West Third League
Season2019-20
ChampionsYantra Gabrovo
PromotedYantra Gabrovo
RelegatedNone
Matches played91
Goals scored313 (3.44 per match)
2020–21
All statistics correct as of 4 March 2020.
Team City Stadium Capacity
Akademik Svishtov Akademik 13,500
Bdin Vidin Georgi Benkovski 15,000
Botev Lukovit Gradski 3,000
Kariana Erden Kariana Sport Complex 1,000
Levski Levski Levski 6,000
Miziya Knezha Gradski 1,000
Partizan Cherven Bryag Gradski 700
Parva Atomna Kozloduy Hristo Botev 3,000
Pavlikeni Pavlikeni Gancho Panov 10,000
Sevlievo Sevlievo Rakovski 5,000
Spartak Pleven Pleven 22,000
Tryavna Tryavna Gradski 3,000
Vihar Slavyanovo Gradski 1,000
Yantra 1919 Gabrovo Gabrovo Hristo Botev 14,000
Yantra Gabrovo Gabrovo Hristo Botev 14,000
Yantra Polski Trambesh Polski Trambesh Gradski 800

League tableEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Promotion or relegation
1 Yantra Gabrovo (C, P) 13 11 0 2 33 8 +25 33 Promotion to Second League
2 Sevlievo 13 9 2 2 33 13 +20 29
3 Vihar Slavyanovo 13 8 4 1 28 15 +13 28
4 Partizan Cherven Bryag 13 7 4 2 34 13 +21 25
5 Pavlikeni 13 5 7 1 22 16 +6 22
6 Drenovets 13 6 2 5 19 22 −3 20
7 Lokomotiv Dryanovo 13 4 5 4 23 19 +4 17
8 Akademik Svishtov 13 4 4 5 29 23 +6 16
9 Lokomotiv Mezdra 13 4 3 6 15 20 −5 15
10 Kom Berkovitsa 13 3 4 6 25 26 −1 13
11 Parva Atomna 13 3 2 8 13 28 −15 11
12 Tryavna 13 2 5 6 16 24 −8 11
13 Bdin Vidin 13 2 1 10 9 37 −28 7
14 Juventus Malchika 13 0 3 10 14 49 −35 3
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.[9]
(C) Champion; (P) Promoted

Southwest groupEdit

Stadia and locationsEdit

South-West Third League
Season2019–20
ChampionsMinyor Pernik
PromotedMinyor Pernik
RelegatedNone
Matches played152
Goals scored397 (2.61 per match)
All statistics correct as of 4 March 2020.
Team City Stadium Capacity
Balkan Botevgrad Hristo Botev 8,000
Bansko Bansko Saint Peter 3,000
Belasitsa Petrich Kolarovo, Kolarovo 500
Botev Ihtiman Hristo Botev 5,000
Chavdar Etropole Chavdar 5,600
Nadezhda Dovroslavtsi Dobroslavtsi
Perun Kresna Kresna Gradski
Kyustendil Kyustendil Osogovo 10,000
Oborishte Panagyurishte Orcho Voyvoda 3,000
Marek Dupnitsa Bonchuk 8,050
Minyor Pernik Minyor 8,000
Pirin Razlog Razlog Gradski 6,500
Rilski Sportist Samokov Iskar 7,000
Septemvri Simitli Struma 8,000
Slivnishki Geroy Slivnitsa Slivnishki Geroy 7,000
Sportist Svoge Svoge Chavdar Tsvetkov 3,500
Vihren Sandanski Sandanski 6,000

League tableEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Promotion or relegation
1 Minyor Pernik (C, P) 18 13 3 2 34 6 +28 42 Promotion to Second League
2 Septemvri Simitli[a] (P) 17 12 5 0 31 11 +20 41
3 Sportist Svoge[b] (P) 18 12 1 5 31 21 +10 37
4 Vihren Sandanski 18 11 4 3 29 14 +15 37
5 Oborishte 18 10 4 4 30 10 +20 34
6 Velbazhd Kyustendil 18 10 2 6 27 17 +10 32
7 Slivnishki Geroy 18 8 3 7 27 22 +5 27
8 Bansko 17 8 2 7 26 18 +8 26
9 Chavdar Etropole 18 6 5 7 30 27 +3 23
10 Belasitsa Petrich 18 6 4 8 21 26 −5 22
11 Botev Ihtiman 18 6 4 8 14 24 −10 22
12 Nadezhda Dobroslavtsi 18 5 3 10 28 35 −7 18
13 Pirin Razlog 18 4 5 9 12 22 −10 17
14 Marek Dupnitsa 18 4 4 10 19 39 −20 16
15 Balkan Botevgrad 18 4 3 11 16 33 −17 15
16 Rilski Sportist 18 2 5 11 13 33 −20 11
17 Perun Kresna 18 2 1 15 9 40 −31 7
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.[10]
(C) Champion; (P) Promoted
Notes:
  1. ^ Septemvri Simitli was invited to compete in the Second League for the 2020-21 season, due to the disqualification of Botev Galabovo from the 2019-20 Second League.
  2. ^ Sportist Svoge was invited to compete in the Second League for the 2020-21 season, due to the disqualification of Pomorie from the 2019-20 Second League.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "БФС спря футбола у нас" (in Bulgarian). gong.bg. 13 March 2020. Retrieved 17 June 2020.
  2. ^ a b "Решения след заседанието на Изпълнителния комитет на БФС" (in Bulgarian). Bulgarian Football Union official website. 21 April 2020. Retrieved 2 May 2020.
  3. ^ "Миньор (Перник) се завръща в професионалния футбол" (in Bulgarian). topsport.bg. 15 May 2020. Retrieved 16 May 2020.
  4. ^ "Североизточната Трета лига стартира на 10 Август" (in Bulgarian). bulgarian-football.com. 30 June 2019.
  5. ^ a b c "Югоизточната Трета лига стартира на 3 Август" (in Bulgarian). bulgarian-football.com. 30 June 2019.
  6. ^ "Third League - Season rules". Scoresway. Retrieved 8 August 2019.
  7. ^ "Югоизточната Трета лига остана с един отбор по-малко" (in Bulgarian). bulgarian-football.com. 4 March 2020.
  8. ^ "Third League - Season rules". Scoresway. Retrieved 23 August 2016.
  9. ^ "Third League - Season rules". Scoresway. Retrieved 2 August 2017.
  10. ^ "Third League - Season rules". Scoresway. Retrieved 23 August 2016.