2021–22 Saudi Third Division

The 2021–22 Saudi Third Division was the inaugural season of the Saudi Third Division, the newly introduced fourth tier of Saudi football. The season started on 28 October 2021 and concluded with the final on 19 March 2022. The group stage draw was held on 7 June 2021.[1] The league was made up of 32 teams, 4 relegated teams from the 2020–21 Saudi Second Division and the 28 teams that qualified for the Round of 32 of the 2020–21 Saudi Third Division.

Saudi Third Division
Season2021–22
Dates28 October 2021 – 19 March 2022
ChampionsAl-Suqoor (1st title)
PromotedAl-Suqoor
Al-Qous
Jerash
Sajer
Qilwah
Al-Shaeib
RelegatedAl-Fursan
Kumait
Al-Entelaq
Al-Fao
Matches played231
Goals scored563 (2.44 per match)
Top goalscorerHamed Al-Shammeri
(12 goals)
Biggest home winRadwa 7–0 Al-Fao
(5 March 2022)
Biggest away winAl-Mujazzal 0–4 Radwa
(30 October 2021)
Al-Fao 0–4 Radwa
(12 December 2021)
Highest scoringAl-Entelaq 4–4 Al-Selmiyah
(21 November 2021)
Longest winning runAl-Suqoor
Qilwah
Sajer
(6 matches)
Longest unbeaten runQilwah
(15 matches)
Longest winless runKumait
(11 matches)
Longest losing runAl-Ula
Kumait
(6 matches)
All statistics correct as of 19 March 2022.

The final was played on 19 March 2021 between Al-Qous and Al-Suqoor. Al-Suqoor defeated Al-Qous 2–1 to become the inaugural champions.[2]

OverviewEdit

BackgroundEdit

On 9 October 2020, the Saudi FF announced the introduction of the Saudi Third Division starting from the 2021–22 season. The newly introduced league would replace the Regional Leagues as the fourth tier of the Saudi football league system. They announced that the league would comprise 32 teams, the 28 teams that had qualified to the round of 32 of the Regional Leagues and did not achieve promotion to the 2021–22 Saudi Second Division and the 4 relegated teams from the 2020–21 Saudi Second Division.[3]

The 32 teams would be split into 4 groups of 8 teams, with the winners of each group qualifying for the championship play-offs. In addition, the 4 group runners-up would also qualify for the promotion play-offs. The best runner-up would face the worst runner-up and the second best would face the third best. The winners from both matches would also earn promotion to the Second Division. As for which teams would get relegated, the last-placed team of each group would be the one to get relegated.[4]

TeamsEdit

Group A
Locations of teams in the 2021–22 Saudi Third Division Group A
Club Location Stadium
Al-Bateen Dhurma Al-Bateen Club Stadium
Al-Ghottah Mawqaq Al-Jabalain Club Stadium (Ha'il)
Al-Houra Umluj Al-Houra Club Stadium
Al-Ula Al-'Ula Al-Ansar Club Stadium (Medina)
Jerash Ahad Rafidah Prince Sultan bin Abdul Aziz Reserve Stadium (Abha)
Kumait Marat Kumait Club Stadium
Mudhar Qatif Prince Nayef bin Abdulaziz Stadium
Qilwah Qilwah Qilwah Club Stadium
Group B
Locations of teams in the 2021–22 Saudi Third Division Group B
Club Location Stadium
Al-Anwar Hotat Bani Tamim Al-Anwar Club Stadium
Al-Dera'a Dawadmi Al-Dera'a Club Stadium
Al-Fursan Sarat Ubaida Al-Fursan Club Stadium
Al-Hejaz Baljurashi King Saud Sport City Stadium (Al Bahah)
Al-Jubail Jubail Al-Jubail Club Stadium
Al-Shaheed Muhayil Al-Shaheed Club Stadium
Al-Suqoor Tabuk King Khalid Sport City Stadium
Baish Baish Baish Club Stadium
Group C
Locations of teams in the 2021–22 Saudi Third Division Group C
Club Location Stadium
Al-Fao Wadi ad-Dawasir Prince Nasser bin Abdul Aziz Sports City
Al-Mujazzal Al Majma'ah Al-Hamadah Club Stadium (Al-Ghat)
Al-Noor Sanabes Prince Nayef bin Abdulaziz Stadium (Qatif)
Al-Qala Sakakah Al-Qala Club Stadium
Qaryah Al-Ulya Qaryat al-Ulya Qaryah Al-Ulya Club Stadium
Radwa Yanbu Al-Majd Club Stadium
Sajer Sajir Al-Washm Club Stadium (Shaqraa)
Sharurah Sharurah Sharurah Club Stadium
Group D
Locations of teams in the 2021–22 Saudi Third Division Group D
Club Location Stadium
Al-Amjad Sabya King Faisal Sport City Stadium (Jizan)
Al-Entelaq Qara Al-Orobah Club Stadium (Sakakah)
Al-Omran Al-Hasa (Al-Omran) Hajer Club Stadium
Al-Qawarah Al Quwarah Al-Qawarah Club Stadium
Al-Qous Al Khurmah Al-Qous Club Stadium
Al-Selmiyah Al-Salamiyah Al-Anwar Club Stadium (Hotat Bani Tamim)
Al-Shaeib Huraymila Irqah Sports Stadium (Riyadh)
Al-Watani Tabuk King Khalid Sport City Stadium

Group AEdit

League tableEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Promotion, qualification or relegation
1 Jerash (P) 14 10 0 4 18 12 +6 30[a] Promotion to the Second Division and qualification to the Semi-finals
2 Qilwah (P) 14 9 3 2 19 10 +9 30[a] Qualification for the promotion play-offs
3 Mudhar 14 10 0 4 24 10 +14 30[a]
4 Al-Ghottah 14 5 3 6 15 19 −4 18
5 Al-Bateen 14 5 2 7 17 21 −4 17
6 Al-Ula 14 4 2 8 13 24 −11 14
7 Al-Houra 14 4 1 9 19 20 −1 13
8 Kumait (R) 14 1 5 8 15 24 −9 8 Relegation to the Fourth Division
Updated to match(es) played on 3 March 2022. Source: Goalzz
Rules for classification: 1) Points; 2) Head-to-Head points; 3) Head-to-Head goal difference; 4) Head-to-Head goals scored; 5) Total goal difference; 6) Total goals scored; 7) Play-off (only for deciding champion, promotion and relegation).[5]
(P) Promoted; (R) Relegated
Notes:
  1. ^ a b c Positions determined by head-to-head points: Jerash: 9 pts; Qilwah: 6 pts; Mudhar: 3 pts.

ResultsEdit

Home \ Away BAT GHO HOU ULA JER KUM MUD QIL
Al-Bateen 2–1 0–3 1–2 2–0 1–1 1–0 0–2
Al-Ghottah 3–2 2–1 1–0 1–2 1–0 1–4 1–1
Al-Houra 0–1 0–0 3–1 1–2 3–1 1–2 1–2
Al-Ula 0–3 0–1 2–1 1–0 3–2 0–2 0–0
Jerash 3–0 1–0 2–1 3–1 0–3 1–0 1–0
Kumait 3–3 2–2 0–2 1–1 0–2 0–1 0–1
Mudhar 1–0 2–0 3–1 3–1 2–0 3–1 0–1
Qilwah 2–1 2–1 2–1 3–1 0–1 1–1 2–1
Updated to match(es) played on 3 March 2022. Source: saff.com.sa
Legend: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.
For upcoming matches, an "a" indicates there is an article about the rivalry between the two participants.

Group BEdit

League tableEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Promotion, qualification or relegation
1 Al-Suqoor (C, P) 14 9 3 2 25 16 +9 30 Promotion to the Second Division and qualification to the Semi-finals
2 Al-Jubail 14 7 3 4 20 13 +7 24 Qualification for the promotion play-offs
3 Baish 14 6 5 3 21 12 +9 23
4 Al-Anwar 14 5 2 7 13 18 −5 17
5 Al-Shaheed 14 4 4 6 12 17 −5 16
6 Al-Dera'a 14 2 8 4 10 15 −5 14[a]
7 Al-Hejaz 14 4 2 8 14 20 −6 14[a]
8 Al-Fursan (R) 14 3 5 6 11 15 −4 14[a] Relegation to the Fourth Division
Updated to match(es) played on 4 March 2022. Source: Goalzz
Rules for classification: 1) Points; 2) Head-to-Head points; 3) Head-to-Head goal difference; 4) Head-to-Head goals scored; 5) Total goal difference; 6) Total goals scored; 7) Play-off (only for deciding champion, promotion and relegation).[5]
(C) Champion; (P) Promoted; (R) Relegated
Notes:
  1. ^ a b c Al-Dera'a finished ahead of Al-Hejaz and Al-Fursan on head-to-head points: Al-Dera'a: 8 pts; Al-Hejaz: 4 pts; Al-Fursan: 4 pts. Al-Hejaz finished ahead of Al-Fursan on head-to-head goal difference: Al-Hejaz 0, Al-Fursan –3.

ResultsEdit

Home \ Away ANW DER FUR HEJ JUB SHA SUQ BAI
Al-Anwar 1–1 1–0 0–1 1–3 0–1 0–1 1–1
Al-Dera'a 0–3 3–1 1–0 1–1 1–1 1–1 0–2
Al-Fursan 0–1 1–1 0–2 0–0 0–0 2–2 0–0
Al-Hejaz 1–0 0–0 0–1 0–1 1–0 1–2 0–3
Al-Jubail 3–0 1–1 2–1 4–2 1–0 0–1 2–0
Al-Shaheed 1–2 2–0 0–2 3–2 2–1 1–1 0–1
Al-Suqoor 5–1 1–0 3–2 2–1 1–0 4–0 1–3
Baish 0–2 0–0 0–1 3–3 3–1 1–1 4–0
Updated to match(es) played on 4 March 2022. Source: saff.com.sa
Legend: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.
For upcoming matches, an "a" indicates there is an article about the rivalry between the two participants.

Group CEdit

League tableEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Promotion, qualification or relegation
1 Sajer (P) 14 8 5 1 17 5 +12 29 Promotion to the Second Division and qualification to the Semi-finals
2 Al-Qala 14 8 4 2 17 10 +7 28 Qualification for the promotion play-offs
3 Qaryah Al-Ulya 14 7 4 3 21 12 +9 25
4 Radwa 14 7 1 6 24 10 +14 22
5 Sharurah 14 4 8 2 17 15 +2 20
6 Al-Noor 14 3 4 7 16 22 −6 13
7 Al-Mujazzal 14 2 4 8 8 21 −13 10
8 Al-Fao (R) 14 1 2 11 4 29 −25 5 Relegation to the Fourth Division
Updated to match(es) played on 5 March 2022. Source: Goalzz
Rules for classification: 1) Points; 2) Head-to-Head points; 3) Head-to-Head goal difference; 4) Head-to-Head goals scored; 5) Total goal difference; 6) Total goals scored; 7) Play-off (only for deciding champion, promotion and relegation).[5]
(P) Promoted; (R) Relegated

ResultsEdit

Home \ Away FAO MUJ NOR QAL QAR RAD SAJ SHA
Al-Fao 2–0 0–2 0–1 1–2 0–4 0–1 0–3
Al-Mujazzal 0–0 2–0 0–1 1–4 0–4 1–1 0–0
Al-Noor 1–0 1–0 1–2 2–4 1–2 0–1 2–2
Al-Qala 2–0 2–2 3–2 0–1 1–0 0–1 0–0
Qaryah Al-Ulya 2–0 1–0 4–2 1–1 0–1 1–1 1–1
Radwa 7–0 0–1 1–1 0–1 1–0 0–1 3–0
Sajer 4–1 2–0 0–0 0–1 0–0 1–0 3–0
Sharurah 0–0 3–1 1–1 2–2 1–0 3–1 1–1
Updated to match(es) played on 5 March 2022. Source: saff.com.sa
Legend: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.
For upcoming matches, an "a" indicates there is an article about the rivalry between the two participants.

Group DEdit

League tableEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Promotion, qualification or relegation
1 Al-Qous (P) 14 8 6 0 21 9 +12 30 Promotion to the Second Division and qualification to the Semi-finals
2 Al-Shaeib (P) 14 6 6 2 28 21 +7 24[a] Qualification for the promotion play-offs
3 Al-Qawarah 14 7 3 4 19 14 +5 24[a]
4 Al-Watani 14 7 2 5 24 15 +9 23
5 Al-Amjad 14 4 4 6 18 25 −7 16
6 Al-Selmiyah 14 2 8 4 20 25 −5 14
7 Al-Omran 14 3 3 8 16 20 −4 12
8 Al-Entelaq (R) 14 1 4 9 15 32 −17 7 Relegation to the Fourth Division
Updated to match(es) played on 6 March 2022. Source: Goalzz
Rules for classification: 1) Points; 2) Head-to-Head points; 3) Head-to-Head goal difference; 4) Head-to-Head goals scored; 5) Total goal difference; 6) Total goals scored; 7) Play-off (only for deciding champion, promotion and relegation).[5]
(P) Promoted; (R) Relegated
Notes:
  1. ^ a b Al-Shaeib finished ahead of Al-Qawarah on head-to-head points: Al-Shaeib 1–0 Al-Qawarah, Al-Qawarah 2–2 Al-Shaeib.

ResultsEdit

Home \ Away AMJ ENT OMR QAW QOU SEL SHA WAT
Al-Amjad 3–0 2–0 0–2 0–1 1–1 1–1 2–1
Al-Entelaq 3–1 1–3 1–4 0–1 4–4 1–2 0–2
Al-Omran 5–1 0–0 1–1 1–2 1–2 1–3 0–2
Al-Qawarah 4–1 1–0 0–2 0–3 2–0 2–2 2–0
Al-Qous 3–1 2–2 1–0 0–0 1–1 3–1 1–0
Al-Selmiyah 1–1 1–1 3–1 0–1 1–1 3–3 1–4
Al-Shaeib 2–2 4–0 2–1 1–0 1–1 2–2 4–3
Al-Watani 1–2 4–2 0–0 3–0 1–1 2–0 1–0
Updated to match(es) played on 6 March 2022. Source: saff.com.sa
Legend: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.
For upcoming matches, an "a" indicates there is an article about the rivalry between the two participants.

Play-offsEdit

Championship Play-offsEdit

Semi-finalsEdit

Al-Suqoor2–1Jerash
Al-Blwi   1'
Al-Qahtani   90+5'
M. Al-Qahtani   8' (pen.)
Al-Qous2–0Sajer
Al-Shanqiti   29'
Rawas   84'

FinalEdit

Al-Qous1–2 (a.e.t.)Al-Suqoor
Darwish   7' Report Al-Rashidi   90+1', 100'

Promotion Play-offsEdit

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Al-Jubail 0–0 (7–8 p) Qilwah 0–0 0–0 (a.e.t.)
Al-Shaeib 3–1 Al-Qala 1–1 2–0
Al-Jubail0–0Qilwah

0–0 on aggregate. Qilwah won 8–7 on penalties.


Al-Shaeib1–1Al-Qala
Dagriri   14' Al-Khamis   53'
Al-Qala0–2Al-Shaeib
Report Hakami   71'
Hassan   90'

Al-Shaeib won 3–1 on aggregate.

StatisticsEdit

Top scorersEdit

As of 19 March 2022[6]
Rank Player Club Goals
1   Hamed Al-Shammari Qaryah Al-Ulya 12
2   Abdulrahman Moussa Al-Zahrani Al-Suqoor 9
3   Naif Abdali Baish 8
4   Faisal Al-Lehji Al-Shaeib 7
  Nawaf Asiri Al-Watani
  Hani Al-Dhahi Mudhar
7   Hossam Al-Shathli Al-Jubail 6
  Ali Al-Anbar Al-Selmiyah
  Fahad Attiah Al-Rashidi Al-Suqoor
  Qassem Al-Jassem Mudhar
  Mohammed Jamaan Al-Ghamdi Qilwah
  Yousef Allati Al-Houra
  Moussa Abbas Al-Noor

Hat-tricksEdit

Player For Against Result Date Ref.
  Ali Al-Anbar Al-Selmiyah Al-Entelaq 4–4 (A) 21 November 2021
  Naif Abdali Baish Al-Hejaz 3–0 (A) 3 December 2021
  Abdulrahman Al-Zahrani Al-Suqoor Al-Anwar 5–1 (H) 3 December 2021
  Hamed Al-Shammari Qaryah Al-Ulya Al-Noor 4–2 (H) 11 December 2021
  Mazen Al-Johani Radwa Al-Fao 4–0 (A) 12 December 2021
  Ali Al-Anbar Al-Selmiyah Al-Omran 3–1 (H) 30 January 2022
  Faisal Hassan Al-Hejaz Baish 3–3 (A) 25 February 2022
  Hammad Al-Buraiki Sharurah Radwa 3–1 (H) 26 February 2022
  Hamed Al-Shammari Qaryah Al-Ulya Al-Noor 4–2 (A) 5 March 2022
  Nawaf Asiri Al-Watani Al-Selmiyah 4–1 (A) 6 March 2022
Note

(H) – Home; (A) – Away

Number of teams by provinceEdit

Rank Province Number Teams
1 Riyadh 9 Al-Anwar, Al-Bateen, Al-Dera'a, Al-Fao, Al-Mujazzal, Al-Selmiyah, Al-Shaeib, Kumait and Sajer
2 Eastern Province 5 Al-Jubail, Al-Noor, Al-Omran, Mudhar and Qaryah Al-Ulya
3 Asir 3 Al-Fursan, Al-Shaheed and Jerash
Tabuk Al-Houra, Al-Suqoor and Al-Watani
5 Al-Bahah 2 Al-Hejaz and Qilwah
Al Jawf Al-Entelaq and Al-Qala
Jazan Al-Amjad and Baish
Medina Al-Ula and Radwa
9 Al-Qassim 1 Al-Qawarah
Ha'il Al-Ghottah
Mecca Al-Qous
Najran Sharurah

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "نتائج قرعة دوري الدرجة الثالثة".
  2. ^ "الصقور.. بطلا لـ «دوري الثالثة»".
  3. ^ "تقليص أندية دوري الأولى إلى 18 نادٍ ..و استحداث دوري الثالثة..و استبدال دوري المناطق بالدرجة الرابعة".
  4. ^ "اتحاد الكرة يقلص «أندية الأولى» ويستحدث دورياً لـ«الثالثة»".
  5. ^ a b c d "لائحة المسابقات والبطولات" [Regulations of Saudi Arabian Football Federation Competitions] (PDF) (in Arabic). SAFF. 1 June 2019.
  6. ^ "هدافين دوري الدرجة الثالثة".